Manmohan Singh's trip to Bangladesh is "very good", Sushma Swaraj

September 14 2011

Singapore, Sept 14: Off late, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was attacked by opposition parties without a break. However, his trip to Bangladesh was praised by Sushma Swaraj, a senior BJP leader, 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 here 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.