Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his greetings on the occasion of 24th BIMSTEC Day. In his message, the Prime Minister acknowledged the progress made by the grouping on several fronts in recent years. He stressed the need to continue to work together in the fight against the pandemic.
Mr Modi said BIMSTEC Day is being marked amidst a difficult phase of the COVID pandemic. He said it is an unprecedented challenge and a testing time for all.
The Prime Minister also expressed his appreciation for enhanced regional cooperation under BIMSTEC framework which has intensified substantially in the recent years. He underlined the progress that has been made on several fronts including the finalization of the BIMSTEC Master Plan for Transport Connectivity and the text of the BlIMSTEC Charter.
External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar also underlined on BIMSTEC day the enormous potential of Bay of Bengal cooperation. He said it helps bridge South and South East Asia and also contributes to Act East and Indo-Pacific policies.