India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar reiterated his country’s support to the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).
He made the remark while meeting with the Secretary-General of BIMSTEC M Shahidul Islam on Tuesday in New Delhi.
A press release on Wednesday said that they have discussed wide-ranging issues concerning BIMSTEC.
According to the press release, Jaishankar said that with India’s focus on neighbouring countries, especially towards the East, BIMSTEC will remain a key priority.
“India sees virtue in BIMSTEC and advocated investment of more energy into this regional initiative by the member states,” said the Indian minister.
He emphasised the historical and cultural linkages that BIMSTEC Member States share and said India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a strong advocate of collective prosperity of all the countries of the Bay of Bengal region.
The Secretary-General invited Jaishankar to visit BIMSTEC secretariat during his future visit to Bangladesh.
BIMSTEC, an intergovernmental platform that brings together seven countries from South and Southeast Asia to strengthen economic and physical connectivity among the countries of the Bay of Bengal region.
The current members of BIMSTEC are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.