Bangladesh on Sunday asked New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve tensions generated in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks through intensified cooperation, saying the recent incidents should not "negatively impact their relations".
"Terrorists must be identified and punished to deter recurrences. But there is no reason for conflicts between States for this reason," foreign adviser of the interim government Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said in a statement referring to the escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan following the November 26 terror strikes on Mumbai.
He said the need for understanding and cooperation, in fact was "greater now than ever before" for the region.
"I have every confidence that the States in South Asia will cooperate with one another to address this issue that cannot be allowed to negatively impact on the relationships among the nations of the region," Chowdhury said.
He said peace is needed in South Asia to advance the welfare of the people of the region, which will benefit all.