Bangladesh has achieved a landmark success in foreign policy in 2015 in cementing relations with South-South and Asian countries in terms of business----trade and strengthening connectivity among the member countries.
Although in the last part of 2015 there was a huge row
about foreigners' killings, issuance of security alerts by the local
embassies, finally the Foreign Ministry showed tremendous success to
restore confidence in diplomatic arena with the help of Home Ministry
through showing zero tolerance against terrorism and extremism in the
"We just opened up the business opportunity in
South----Asian countries through signing the Road Protocols with
India-Bhutan-Myanmar-Nepal and joined hands with the BIMSTEC, the Bay of
Bengal Initiative for Multi Sector Technical and Economic Cooperation,
yes, in the fag-end of 2015, we faced huge difficulties but finally we
overcome the situation as everyone has a very clear understanding about
the government stands against terrorism and extremism and global
phenomenon in this regard," State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahrier
The extreme success of the foreign policy in 2015 came
when the Indian Parliament endorsed the much-awaiting Land Boundary
Agreement (LBA) in June 07 in 2015, through the approval of LBA, Indian
Prime Minister Narendra Modi sealed a landmark agreement with Bangladesh
to exchange tiny enclaves where thousands of people from both the
countries have been trapped for decades.
"About 50,000 people have
been living in miserable conditions in the more than 160 enclaves for
decades. Now each country will administer the enclaves in its territory
and their residents will be allowed to choose where they want to live.
This will enable them to gain legal access to public services such as
schools and hospitals for the first time. The land boundary agreement
solves a problem that has lingered on since colonial days. The Prime
Minister Modi compared the agreement with the dismantling of the Berlin
wall," he added.
On August 1 in 2015 Indians and Bangladeshis
celebrated the end of a 68-year state of limbo for tens of thousands of
people living along the porous border joining the two nations. India and
Bangladesh exchanged more than 150 islands of territory - Bangladeshi
territory in India, and Indian territories in Bangladesh - isolated
since independence from British colonial rule in 1947. However, both the
country has started the demarcation of the boundary areas from
The inhabitants - about 37,330 in Indian enclaves and
14,200 in Bangladeshi enclaves - were deprived of public services
because they had no defined citizenship, from now they will able to
enjoy the life of a citizen, the State Minister said.
Chhit-Mahals or enclaves are outlying and detached tracks of land
situated inside Rangpur district of Bangladesh. Similarly, there are
Bangladeshi Chhit-Mahals located inside Cooch Bihar district. There are
111 Indian Chhit-Mahals located in Bangladesh having 17,158.13 acres of
land with an approximate population of 150,000 whereas there are 51
Bangladeshi Chhit-Mahals located inside the Indian territory having
7110.02 acres of land. The given details of enclaves were jointly
compared and reconciled with records held by India and Bangladesh during
the Indo-Bangladesh Boundary Conference held at Kolkata from October 9
to 12 in 1996 as well as during filed inspection at Jalpaiguri (West
Bengal) - Pachagarh (Bangladesh) from November 21 to 24 in 1996.
also signed the Border Management Agreement with India to stop
terrorism and human-arms-drug trafficking and exchange of criminals in
2015. However, Bangladesh shares a 4,098 km border with India. The
people of north-east India are closer to Bangladesh than to those in the
Indian mainland-irrespective of their geography, history, culture and
language. The economic isolation of over 200 million people encourages
illicit trade, fuels terrorism and increases tensions along the border.
Yet they could have been natural trading partners, exploiting the
comparative advantages of their respective regions.
also signed agreement with USA and UK to encounter extremism and in
November it joined hands with the Saudi government to fight against
ISIS, an Islamic countries forum lead by Saudi Arabia. Trying to sign
border management agreement with Myanmar to stop human and drug
trafficking and Rohingya issue.
In 2015, world leaders including the
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Foreign Ministers of France,
Germany, Iran and Under Secretary of the US State Department
(Political), UN delegations visited Bangladesh and appreciated the
government's initiatives to stop terrorism and extremism.