PM expects positive response from India over unsettled issues
Published : Thursday, 12 September, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 804
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told the parliament that she expected a positive response from India over unresolved issues including the Teesta water-sharing before her visit to the neighbouring country in the first week of October.
She was replying to a starred question from opposition Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque (Kishoreganj-3).
The Prime Minister is slated to visit India on October 3-6 next to attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum to be held in New Delhi on October 3-4 with the theme 'Innovating for India; Strengthening South Asia, Impacting the World'.
Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are scheduled to sit in a bilateral meeting on October 5.
Addressing the parliament, the Prime Minister said she will talk to Narendra Modi over the issue of water sharing of common rivers, including Teesta, during her visit to India.
She said, "We're optimistic that the unresolved issues between the two countries will be sorted out soon. We hope we'll get positive results over the aforesaid issues before my visit to India."
Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has very healthy ties with India and new doors have opened in newer areas of mutual cooperation and development.
She said Bangladesh and India have already signed agreements on security, trade, power, energy, communications, development assistance, environment, education, infrastructure development, culture and health.
Besides, cooperation has enhanced on different other issues, including blue economy, peaceful use of nuclear energy, aerospace research and cyber security, she added.
About the Teesta water-sharing deal, Hasina said her government's diplomatic efforts are on to sign the agreement. "The issue is being placed before the highest political levels of the two countries."
"It hasn't been possible to sign the agreement yet 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.