BIMSTEC has emerged as a promising regional grouping to serve the shared interests of the member states, said PM Modi…reports Asian Lite News
Impressing upon the need to continue to work together in the fight against the pandemic and in collectively overcoming its consequences, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended warm greetings on the 24th BIMSTEC Day.
“The people of BIMSTEC are bound by shared history and age old cultural and civillisational linkages. As a manifestation of collective will, BIMSTEC has emerged as a promising regional grouping to fulfil the common aspirations of the people and serve the shared interests of the member states,” he said in his message on the occasion.
The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is a regional organization comprising seven Member States around the Bay of Bengal region viz. Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi on Sunday tweeted Prime Minister Modi’s Message on the occasion of BIMSTEC Day.
“PM Narendra Modi extends warm greetings on the occasion of 24th BIMSTEC Day. PM Modi acknowledged the progress made by the grouping on several fronts in recent years. He stressed the need to continue to work together in the fight against the pandemic,” Bagchi said in the tweet.
Noting that regional cooperation under BIMSTEC framework has intensified substantially in recent years, PM Modi stated that progress has been made on several fronts including the finalization of the BIMSTEC Master plan for transport connectivity and the text of the BIMSTEC Charter.
Reckoning that the observance of BIMSTEC Day is amidst a difficult phase of the COVID pandemic and an unprecendented challenge and testing time, he called for the need to continue to work together in the fight against the pandemic and in collectively overcoming its consequences.
Commending Sri Lanka, the current Chair of BIMSTEC for providing able leadership to the grouping during this time, the Indian Prime Minister welcomed the new Secretary General of BIMSTEC, Tenzin Lekphell from Bhutan and appreciated the important role played by the BIMSTEC Secretariat.
“I am confident that BIMSTEC will continue to grow and scale new heights of cooperation in our common pursuit of building a secure, peaceful and prosperous Bay of Bengal region,” he said.
Joining the Indian Prime Minister, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also underlined the enormous potential of Bay of Bengal cooperation through a tweet message.
“On BIMSTEC Day, underline the enormous potential of Bay of Bengal cooperation. Realising that helps bridge South & South East Asia. Will also contribute to our Act East and Indo-Pacific policies,” the EAM said.(India News Network)