India wants good ties with neighbours: Pranab

The foriegn minister says India wants development in Bangladesh, and treats its political crisis as "an internal matter".

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 13:33 IST

India wants peace and development in Bangladesh and the current political crisis in the neighbouring country is "an internal matter", External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday.

"As a neighbour, we are interested in Bangladesh remaining peaceful and stable," Mukherjee told reporters at Jangipur in Murshidabad district after inaugurating an army health camp.

Speaking on the situation in Bangladesh, he said though it was an internal matter of that nation, India would like to see peace and development in the neighbouring country.

His comments came a day after Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon discussed developments in Bangladesh with West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee in Kolkata on his way back from Bhutan.

Widespread violence by supporters of political parties in Bangladesh in the last two days has left at least 11 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Mukherjee also said India wanted to maintain good relation with all its neighbours.

"A great deal of effort has been made to establish good relations with Pakistan and Bangladesh," he added.

First Published: Oct 29, 2006 13:33 IST