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New Delhi, Sep 6 : Bangladesh Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud on Monday said India has assured that more vaccines will be sent to Bangladesh when situation in India improves, adding that Bangladesh understands the pressure India is facing.
Talking to journalists after inaugurating the Bangabandhu Media Center, sponsored by the Bangladesh High Commission, at the Press Club of India, the Minister said India has done a good job in controlling the situation.
“India-Bangladesh relationships have attained new heights under Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We share a strong relationship with India, vaccines aren’t the only issue between the countries,” the minister said.
He cited the example of the newly inaugurated Bangabandhu media center, which has been named after founding father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, as a link of friendship between the two countries, and said such efforts help in strengthening people to people contact and cultural relations.
Asked about the vaccine situation, Mahmud said “The Indian government has assured us that they would provide vaccines that are in the contract…when the situation further improves here”.
The Serum Institute of India (SII) was supposed to send 50 lakh doses of vaccine to Bangladesh every month. However, SII could deliver the first 50 lakh doses as per the deal in January, but shipped only 20 lakh in February. There have been no exports of vaccines from India since then, as the second wave of the pandemic struck.
Asked about the situation in Afghanistan, Mahmud said: “Stability in Afghanistan is important for stability in the South Asia Region”.
“We are monitoring the Afghanistan situation regularly,” he added.
Mahmud also remembered the contributions of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and thanked India for playing a critical role in the liberation efforts of Bangladesh.
High Commissioner of Bangladesh in India Muhammad Imran meanwhile highlighted that 2021 is the 50th year of diplomatic relation between India and Bangladesh, the bilateral relationship has gone to a new height… This media centre will help strengthen the cultural ties and the people-to-people contact between the two countries,” he said at the event.