Country Report Bangladesh July 2000 Updater

Political forecast: International relations

Bangladesh's relations with its neighbours and bilateral donors will remain uncomfortable. The government remains wary of India's regional influence, and friction continues over accusations by Bangladesh that Indian security forces have killed Bangladeshi nationals. Moves to increase regional co-operation, such as the meeting in early July of the Bay of Bengal group (which comprises India, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka), are unlikely to bring any substantial economic benefits in the forecast period. Bangladesh's bilateral and multilateral lenders have criticised the BNP and the AL for their failure to end the politics of confrontation.

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