July 24, 2021


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The Prime Minister raised the issue of Teesta and border killings

Bangladesh and India have attached importance to the expansion and integration of trade and commerce to further advance the relationship built on the spirit of the War of Liberation. India wants to increase the capacity of young people in particular and increase investment in connectivity. The country has pledged to stand by Bangladesh’s progress and development. Bangladesh wants a speedy solution to the Teesta river water sharing. At the same time, India should play a more active role in the repatriation of Rohingya sought by Bangladesh.

These issues were discussed at the top level meeting of the two countries. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Tejgaon office on Saturday afternoon.

After the meeting, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told a briefing at the Sonargaon Hotel in the evening that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wanted to know about Teesta from Narendra Modi. He told the Indian Prime Minister that although an agreement had been reached on the Teesta treaty many years ago, it was yet to be implemented. The people of Bangladesh have different aspirations about the Teesta. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought Narendra Modi’s special initiative in this regard. The Prime Minister of India did not respond to a request for comment. No specific date has been set for when the issue will be resolved. But India has reiterated its commitment to the agreement. Bangladesh wants to have confidence in that promise.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has strongly demanded that not a single Bangladeshi be killed by Indian border guards at the border for any reason. The Foreign Minister said the two Prime Ministers have directed the border guards of the two countries to work in close coordination as per the integrated border management plan to maintain peace, harmony and stability on the border. During the talks, Bangladesh sought India’s cooperation in Rohingya repatriation. At the time, the Indian Prime Minister said India would co-operate in voluntary, dignified and sustainable repatriation.

Bangladesh wants to introduce greater connectivity between Nepal and Bhutan using Indian territory as part of the annexation. The foreign minister also said that Bangladesh has requested India to approve some new routes for this purpose. He said Bangladesh has shown interest in joining the proposed India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway. The Prime Minister of India thanked the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for launching the ‘Friendship Bridge’ over the Feni River as part of the annexation.

Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Sringla spoke to reporters at the same venue after a briefing by the Bangladesh Foreign Minister at the Sonargaon Hotel on Saturday evening. He was also questioned about Teesta. In reply, he said that the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has raised the issue of Teesta agreement. And Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated India’s commitment in this regard and called for continued efforts in consultation with the parties concerned.

Asked about the future of cooperation between the two countries, Harsh Vardhan Sringla said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned in the bilateral meeting that a strong, stable and prosperous Bangladesh is a role model for the whole of South Asia. India will be involved in capacity building, including infrastructure development in Bangladesh. Now the partnership between the two countries has surpassed the strategic cooperation through cooperation in new fields.

Asked what the future of Bangladesh-India cooperation would look like, Harsh Vardhan Sringla said, “Continuing the spirit of the two countries’ relationship in 1971, special emphasis is being laid on capacity building, trade and investment in the future. For this, the Prime Minister of India has announced one thousand scholarships on the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence. Besides, India will add 50 young entrepreneurs from Bangladesh to the ‘startup’.
This time, the visit of the Prime Minister of India to Orakandi in Gopalganj came at a time when the Assembly elections are underway in the state of West Bengal. The people of Matua community of Orakandi have influence in some constituencies of West Bengal. Asked if there was any political connection with Narendra Modi’s visit, the Indian foreign secretary said the Indian prime minister had shown interest in visiting Orakandi’s Thakurbari and Satkhira temples during his visit to Bangladesh in 2015. He even expressed interest in visiting Shilaidaha Kuthibari. He is happy to visit at least two places this time. The two countries have a common culture, history and heritage. So the leaders of the two countries do not limit their visit to the capital, they go beyond that. So it is not right to look at these tours from a narrow perspective.

Earlier in the day, after the bilateral meeting, the two Prime Ministers signed a number of agreements including cooperation in disaster management, taking steps to remove non-tariff barriers to trade and commerce, exchanging cooperation between the two countries’ national cadet corps, enhancing cooperation in IT sector and playing field development at Rajshahi Cadet College. Is. In addition, eight new projects were inaugurated. Among these are construction of a memorial in Ashuganj in memory of the martyrs of the Indian Armed Forces in the war of liberation, Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Museum, expansion of infrastructure facilities at Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, launch of three border haats, issuance of commemorative stamps on the occasion of 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Shaw

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi arrived in Dhaka on a two-day visit last Friday to take part in the celebrations of Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary and the golden jubilee of independence as an honored guest. He was speaking at the event at the National Parade Ground in the capital on Friday evening. Yesterday morning he went to Satkhira by helicopter from Dhaka. There he went to Jessoreshwari Kali Mandir and worshiped. He then flew from Satkhira to Bangabandhu’s tomb at Tungipara in Gopalganj and paid homage to his memory. Later, he went to the temple of Harichand Tagore, a devotee of the Matua community in Orakandi of the district and worshiped. At the end of the puja, he exchanged views with the people of the Matua community. From there back to Dhaka in the afternoon after formal talks with the Prime Minister in the evening at Bangabhaban. Courtesy call on Abdul Hamid. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi left Dhaka at 9.30 pm.

10 announcements
After the meeting of the two top leaders, 10 announcements were made. One of these is the launch of the Mitali Express train on the Chilahati-Haldibari route (from Dhaka Cantonment Station to New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal). Launch of ‘Bangabandhu Chair’ at Delhi University, celebration of ‘Friendship Day’ from now on December 6 as part of the celebration of recognition of Bangladesh, holding ‘Business Conference’ with top businessmen of the two countries this year, handing over weapons used by Indian Armed Forces to Bangladesh Museum in 2022 India will take part in the first ‘Air Show’ of Bangladesh to be held.