Unresolved issues to be settled during PM’s Oct visit to Delhi
Indian External Affairs Minister arrives today
Published : Monday, 19 August, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 536
Bangladesh and India are set to address unresolved issues between the two countries during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina'a proposed visit to India in October.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to visit India in October this year to discuss bilateral issues, regional and international issues, with a greater focus on the issue of sharing waters of the 54 transboundary rivers of the neighbours, aiming to take the growing relations between Bangladesh and India further.
"The meeting agenda of the two leaders will be finalized when Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visits Bangladesh today (Monday)," Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen earlier said.
Indian External Affairs Minister will pay a two-day "courtesy" visit to
Bangladesh. This will be the first visit of Jaishankar after he took over as External Affairs Minister of India. He had visited Bangladesh several times as the foreign secretary.
"The visit would be a crucial one for both sides, Bangladesh's inclusion in "China's one belt one road economy," NRC and water sharing issues, Rohingya issues will be discuss, during the meeting both the leaders will discuss the issue on their own national standpoint," former diplomat Muhammad Jamir told the Daily Observer on Sunday.
He said nowadays Indian internal politics, regional and international world politics is apparently volatile, the issue of Rohingya will come up prominently in the meeting, he added.
According to different diplomatic sources, Indian Home Minister Amit Shah recently raised with Bangladesh India's concerns over illegal immigration from that country to the Northeast, this would be another issue to discuss.
"The issue was flagged before Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan at the 7th meeting of India-Bangladesh Home Minister Level Talks (HMLT). Shah raised India's concern regarding the illicit movement of people across the border, with a view to find a solution to this problem especially in Northeast India," an official statement said.
This came ahead of the publication of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam on August 31.
When the draft NRC was published last year, 40 lakh names were excluded, leading to a huge political controversy as the Indian government repeatedly said that Assam and other Northeastern states have been facing the problem of influx from neighbouring Bangladesh through the porous border, the official said preferring anonymity.
India shares a 4,096-km-long border with Bangladesh.
Diplomatic sources said Indian Foreign Minister's visit would fix-up the date of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India in October and set the agendas of the meeting it will also review the implementation and progress of decisions made during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi's visit to Dhaka in June 2015.
The two sides will discuss cooperation between the two police forces, anti-terror cooperation, killing in border areas, checking the movement of illegal immigrants, and smuggling of arms and drugs and fake Indian currency notes.
Bangladesh and India currently enjoy the best of their relations and officials hope to deepen the ties even more.
However, over 100 agreements have been signed in the last 10 years, 68 of them in the last three years alone. The decades-old land boundary as well as maritime issues has been solved. But the equitable share of Teesta river water remains one thorny issue.