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LBA, Teesta water sharing
Indian President reassures of settling pending issues
Observer Online desk
Published : Saturday, 20 December, 2014,  Time : 10:35 AM,  View Count : 40
New Delhi: As Bangladesh eagerly waiting for an amicable settlement of the long-pending Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) and Teesta water sharing issues, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday night said India always lives up to its commitment.

The Indian President came up with the heartening remarks at a meeting with Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid held at Rashtrapati Bhaban who is now in India on a six-day visit at Pranab’s invitation.

Earlier in the day at a meeting with Abdul Hamid, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed that his government has been working to resolve the LBA and Teesta water sharing issues with Bangladesh.

Praising Bangladesh’s advancement in various sectors, the Indian President said Bangladesh is moving forward despite world economic slowdown. “The per capita income and GDP have increased in Bangladesh,” President’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim quoted the Indian President as telling Hamid.

About boosting import from Bangladesh, Pranab said India will have to invest more in Bangladesh to boost its import from it.

President Abdul Hamid thanked Pranab for the hospitality extended to him and his entourage.

The Bangladesh President thanked Pranab for the role of Indian government and its people, especially Pranab himself, for their role in the country’s Liberation War in 1971.

During the meeting, Pranab presented a book to Hamid on programmes aired by ‘Akash Bani’ during Bangladesh’s Liberation War. Hamid also presented Pranab a book on the Liberation War.

Later, the Indian President hosted a bouquet in honour of the Bangladesh President there.

Indian Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Bangladesh President’s wife Rashida Khanom, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, , among others, attended the bouquet.


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