Tripura is the gateway of the Northeast and critical in further developing a bilateral relationship with Bangladesh

India's new envoy to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami called on Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Saturday to discuss ongoing projects related to connectivity, trade, and people-to-people contact in the northeastern states. He said, “Tripura is the gateway of the Northeast” and is critical in strengthening bilateral ties with Bangladesh.

"As we develop our relationship with Bangladesh, our most important neighboring country relationship, it is going to be of great value to both the countries if our connectivity, travel, trade, and people to people ties grow. To achieve this, Tripura is critical, that's why I am here," he was quoted as saying in an ANI report carried by NDTV.

After the meeting, Doraiswami said that the Northeast is "central" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of "stronger, resilient and modern" India, according to the report.

Earlier on Saturday, outgoing envoy Riva Ganguly Das had thanked "everyone" for their cooperation in making her tenure "extremely productive".

"Goodbye Bangladesh. Wish to thank everyone for their cooperation in making it an extremely productive tenure. Taking back many fond memories of the warmth and hospitality," Das had tweeted.

Read the full report in NDTV