Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said that the foreign secretary-level meeting with India is not a political matter; rather, bilateral issues will be discussed. The foreign minister said these things in response to a question from journalists in his office on Monday afternoon.

Foreign Secretary Masood Bin Momen is scheduled to visit Delhi this week to attend the Foreign Secretary-level meeting between the two countries.

The foreign minister was asked whether there would be a discussion on the elections in the foreign secretary-level meeting of the two countries in Delhi. In response, he said, ‘Foreign Secretary will not talk about the election. Other details will be discussed. The election has already been discussed with them. It is the Honorable Prime Minister and the Prime Minister of India—they have talked.’

When asked what kind of talks took place between the two neighboring countries, the foreign minister said, ‘India wants peace and stability in the region; we also want it. They want the democratic system and process in Bangladesh to be maintained. So that there is no decline in the democratic system.

Noting that any undemocratic government in Bangladesh “does not want India”, Abdul Momen said that India is the largest democratic country in the world. So they are always ‘pro-democracy’.

India’s Foreign Secretary, Vinay Kwatra, will lead the meeting at the Foreign Secretary level of the two countries. Analysts also believe that the discussion of the two foreign secretaries may also include the topic of vote preparations in view of the Bangladesh elections.

The news has been taken from Prothom Alo.

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