The internal matter of NRC India will not affect Bangladesh: Harsh Shringla

NEW DELHI: The exercise of the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) is a completely internal process in India. Therefore, there will be no implications for the government and people of Bangladesh. You have our security in that regard, ”the Foreign Secretary said on Monday to a high-power audience in Dhaka, addressing the cause of much concern in Bangladesh.

Shringla is the highest-ranking Indian official to visit Bangladesh after the CAA-NRC controversy broke out here, which saw Bangladesh cancel visits by Foreign Minister K Abdul Momen and Interior Minister to India late last year.

On his first visit as Foreign Secretary, Shringla met with the Prime Minister. Sheikh Hasina where they discussed bilateral ties and preparations for Prime Minister Modi's visit to Dhaka later this month. The Foreign Secretary also met with his counterpart Masud Bin Mamun and the Minister of Transportation and General Secretary.

Shringla also offered to sell all military hardware manufactured in India to Bangladesh. “We believe that our continuous efforts to develop strong links between our armies emphasize the confidence of a higher order. Especially because we are willing to share with each and every one of the military equipment manufactured in India for the use of our military. We also welcome the opportunity for our officers to train in their main military institutions, as well as we are ready to open military training institutes at all levels, from officer cadet training to specialized high command training, to Bangladesh. India has already offered a $ 500 million defense cooperation assistance to Bangladesh.

Affirming that India wanted the closest possible ties with Bangladesh, Shringla said, it is entirely in India's interest to fully support its own efforts to build a strong, prosperous, progressive, peaceful and harmonious Bangladesh; to build a nation that stays true to the extraordinarily inclusive vision of Bangabandhu.

Gowher Rizvi, Sheikh Hasina’s adviser said at the same conference, that Dhaka does not like to see any situation in India that could affect Bangladesh’s secular social fabric. “Our commitment to secularism is absolutely central and we do not want to see any situation where our secularism will be threatened anyway,” he said. Describing India’s NRC as a “burning issue,” Rizvi said, minorities in Bangladesh were “absolutely equal citizens” with the government attaching the highest priority in protecting and addressing their rights and issues.