Unresolved issues with India

Published:  03:28 AM, 12 September 2019 Last Update: 03:30 AM, 12 September 2019

PM Hasina expects positive response

PM Hasina expects positive response Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaking in Parliament on Wednesday. -PID

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed hope that a positive response will come from India over the unresolved issues, including Teesta water sharing, before her visit to the next-door neighbor early October.  "We're hopeful that the unresolved issues between the two countries will be sorted out soon. We hope we'll get positive results over the issues before my visit to India," she told Parliament on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister was responding to a starred question from opposition Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque. Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to visit India on October 3-6 to attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum to be held in New Delhi. The Bangladesh Prime Minister and her India counterpart Narendra Modi are scheduled to sit in a bilateral meeting on October 5.

Sheikh Hasina said she will discuss with Narendra Modi the issue of water sharing of common rivers, including Teesta, during the visit. Describing the Bangladesh-India relations as very healthy, she said avenues have opened in newer areas of mutual cooperation and development.

The Prime Minister said the two close neighbors have signed agreements in different key areas, including security, trade, power, energy, communications, development assistance, education and infrastructure development.

Cooperation has been furthered in different other issues, including blue economy, peaceful use of nuclear energy, aerospace research and cyber security, she added.  Talking about the Teesta water-sharing deal, Sheikh  Hasina said her government has kept diplomatic efforts continued to sign the agreement as soon as possible.

She said that the issue is being placed before the highest political levels of the two countries and that it was not possible to sign the agreement due to internal politics of India.

"However, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Bangladesh gave assurance to resolve the Teesta water-sharing problem with the assistance of the Indian state governments concerned," she added.

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