The gains in India’s relations with Bangladesh, with the elimination of safe havens for anti-Indian insurgents, transit arrangements, power supplies and so on, should be consolidated in 2016, said a former Indian Foreign Secretary.
“Our policy towards Dhaka should be seen by all political forces there as a national policy that transcends political parties, even while we recognise the great value of Sheikh Hasina as a partner,” Kanwal Sibal wrote in an article.
He, in his article titled ‘Delicate diplomacy: Narendra Modi's neighbourhood policy will be tested in 2016’, mentioned that Bangladesh can contribute to a more robust ‘Act East’ policy, with Myanmar and Thailand as part of the chain to advance our interests.
India has no impediment to its political, economic and cultural expansion eastwards, and this should be pushed in 2016, he said. Mail Online published the article on January1.
The former Indian Foreign Secretary said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s neighbourhood policy will be tested in 2016. “With Pakistan, the pendulum has swung from breaking off dialogue to seeking it.”
Until the SAARC summit in November 2016, Kanwal Sibal mentioned, Pakistan may, as a tactical step, rein in the terrorist groups to protect Modi’s visit to Islamabad.
“If Pakistan moves on trade issues in 2016 that would be a step forward. Modi’s two successful visits and our unstinted assistance to earthquake-hit Nepal had changed the atmosphere of India-Nepal relations.”
He also wrote that the challenges and opportunities for India in 2016 are no different than in 2015, according to UNB. - Idrak