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India ready to help Bangladesh in agriculture: Pranab Mukherjee

Posted on Nov 08, 08:33PM | IANS

President Pranab Mukherjee has said that India would be happy to extend assistance to Bangladesh in the field of agriculture.

He conveyed this to visiting Bangladesh Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury who called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan Wednesday.

Begum Matia Chowdhury is in India to explore cooperation in the field of agriculture.

Mukherjee said India and Bangladesh enjoy close and friendly relations. "Multifaceted cooperation between the two countries has further strengthened through a number of initiatives taken by both sides over the recent past," according to a statement.

"The president conveyed to the agriculture minister that India would be happy to extend every assistance possible to Bangladesh in the field of agriculture. He expressed satisfaction over progress in India and Bangladesh relations in recent times..."

He told the visiting minister that India "is a natural and primary development partner of Bangladesh. India is happy to contribute and participate in Bangladesh's development". He added that he was glad to meet her "at this important period when the bilateral relationship is at an all-time high".

He asked Begum Chowdhury to convey his greetings to Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.