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Sushma hails PM's Bangladesh trip "very good"

world Updated: Sep 14, 2011 18:14 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has off late been under attack by opposition parties, was on Wednesday praised by senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj for his Bangladesh trip, which she said was "very, very good".

She also stressed that Indian foreign policy was good for regional cooperation, and was drafted by the central government in the interest of India, no matter which party was in power.

She however said relations with China needs "careful handling".

Talking about the Bangladesh trip, she said it would have been better had West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee accompanied Singh to Bangladesh.

Responding to questions, Sushma, who is in Singapore on an official trip said, "Relations between the two countries (India and Bangladesh) have strengthened. As for Teesta River water sharing, it would have been better if the Prime Minister would have taken the chief minister of West Bengal along." She added, "There was some communication gap that is why she (Banerjee) did not join the delegation.

"Since she was not in the delegation, the Prime Minister thought it would be safe to just keep it aside for a later period. (But) That is not the end, beginning has been very, very good."

Touching on India's foreign policy and its relations with neighbours, Swaraj called for "careful handling" of relationships with China.