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  Speaking at a meeting hosted by India-Bangladesh friendship organizations, Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed India promised to work with any Government elected by the scheduled January 2007 elections and hoped it will be “truly free and fair.”
 

 

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Speaking at a meeting hosted by India-Bangladesh friendship organizations, Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed India promised to work with any Government elected by the scheduled January 2007 elections and hoped it will be “truly free and fair.” He reiterated that a stable, secular, and democratic Bangladesh was in the interest of the whole region, including India.

Asserting that India unanimously wanted the best relations with Bangladesh, Ahamed said “Bangladesh should and can set an example” to other nations through cooperation in “mutual interest” to “curb the rise of fundamentalist and extremist beliefs.” Sidestepping bilateral issues, he said that differences could be resolved through dialogue and understanding “Once we are committed to working together meaningfully.” It is not clear if he said that there was no such commitment or just using the phrase “Once we are committed” in a generic sense.