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Saturday, June 13, 2015, Jaishtha 30, 1422 BS, Shaban 25, 1436 Hijr

Modi says he needs some time for Teesta treaty
Saleem Samad
Published : Saturday, 13 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 182
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during the recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh wanted to know when India could sign the Teesta Water Sharing Treaty.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi frankly told Sheikh Hasina that he needed time but assured her that a decision was expected soon.
Modi explained it would take a while to change the mindset of the Indians regarding sharing water with Bangladesh, a source in the PMO told this correspondent.
Bangladesh Prime Minister proposed an integrated and coordinated water sharing agreement of Teesta river water, the source said.
"Please trust me in giving some time to turn the tide, as I did for ratification of the LBA," Modi requested.
Immediately Hasina urged Modi that water sharing of 54 other international rivers also need to be discussed and treaties agreed, quoted the official.
She sought support of India for planning and implementation of Ganges Barrage project. Modi nodded in the affirmative after listening to Hasina and he repeated that India-Bangladesh would jointly work on the study for the Ganges Barrage project.
He also assured her that experts of the two countries would work on the proposal of water sharing of all other 54 rivers.

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