India looks forward to working with Hasina govt. : PM
New Delhi (PTI): India on Tuesday said it looked forward to working with the Sheikh Hasina government in Bangladesh and hoped the new dispensation will address New Delhi's concerns over terrorism emanating from that country.
Soon after the results came in, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated Sheikh Hasina over the telephone on the landslide victory of her Awami League-led alliance at the general elections in Bangladesh.
"India looked forward to working with the Government and the people of Bangladesh in the years ahead for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries," Singh said.
Hailing the return of democracy in Bangladesh, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told PTI "the massive participation of a large number of voters and the outome is a clear demonstration and manifestation of people's confidence in multi-party democracy".
He added that this also speaks of the way elections have been conducted. "These were free and fair elections".
Mukherjee said, India had raised the issue of terrorism emanating from the Bangladesh territory with the earlier Government.
"...but unfortunately we have met with some denial. So at that point of time, we had most respectfully reminded them that if you simply deny the existence of a problem you will never solve the problem. But if you admit the existence of the problem and collectively try along with us to resolve the problem, one day we can solve the problem," he said.
"I do hope that once the new government comes, we will discuss the existence of the problem with them and we will see what best can be done," he added.