NEW DELHI, July 30 - India on Thursday sidestepped Bangladesh�s disapproval to laying of foundation stone of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Responding to Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Anurag Srivastava said India and Bangladesh are extremely close. The External Affairs Minister recently said Bangladesh is a role model of good neighbourly relations.
Reacting to reports in a section of Bangladesh media that locomotives supplied by India to that country were old and second hand, Srivastava said it was his understanding that the locomotives provided by India were from its existing inventory and they were provided to Bangladesh on the basis of specific request from Dhaka.
Momen last Sunday said India should prevent moves that could hurt its historic ties with Bangladesh. Referring to the temple construction, he said that both countries will not let it destroy their relations. India should refrain from any development that could hurt its �deep� ties with Bangladesh, he said.