Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Wednesday said India-Bangladesh relations have been on a high despite the pandemic and other countries would want to emulate this relationship.
He said that developments last year, in terms of the 'very large number' of troops amassed on the border area did create a situation that impacted the 'larger relationship'.
Shringla noted that the tour during the Covid times is an indication of the importance that India attaches to relations with Russia.
Shringla, who arrived in Moscow on his first foreign visit this year, called on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and conveyed greetings of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
It said this year's first visit abroad by the foreign secretary to Moscow signifies the importance India attaches to its close and friendly relations with Russia.
Shringla said that both the countries have been blessed with history, culture, language and above all an ardent belief in freedom, justice and pluralism.
The priority areas discussed at the meeting included global health, climate action, digitalisation, connectivity, defence of multilateralism, trade and investments.
Shringla said that this is in keeping with the 'Ten Guiding Principles of India's engagement with Africa', as enunciated by PM Narendra Modi in his address to Parliament of Uganda in July.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that India is 'on the cusp of the availability of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus'.
India is Nepal's 'foremost friend and development partner': Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla
Shringla said that the relation between Nepal and India is 'intricate' and they share the same geography, civilisational heritage, culture and customs.
The foreign secretary later in the day also called upon his Nepalese counterpart Bharat Raj Paudyal and Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gywalai.
Shringla is on a maiden maiden visit to Nepal at the invitation of Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal, amid a strain in bilateral ties following a bitter border row between the two countries.
The Nepalese Foreign Ministry said in a statement this week that this will be a continuation of the regular exchange of high level visits between the two friendly neighbours.
The heads of missions were provided with "information docket" giving the details of the incident, and also list of items and munition recovered from terrorists, indicating their Pakistani origins
Shringla is visiting at the invitation of Foreign Secretary Paudyal.