19 October 2019

Bangladesh urges India to resolve pending Teesta, Rohingya issues

File photo: Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen - Photo Desk

Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen asked his new Indian counterpart S Jaishankar to expedite initiatives to resolve the Teesta issue and sought active supports over the Rohingya crisis in their maiden talks in Tajikistan, a foreign office statement said on Saturday.

It added that Momen had drawn the Indian counterpart’s attention towards the pending much awaited Teesta water sharing treaty.

He also sought India’s active support and cooperation in resolving the Rohingya problem, the statement read.

It said Momen simultaneously urged the Indian counterpart to take effective steps to stop killings on the Bangladesh-India borders by the Indian border guards.

The two foreign ministers held their first meeting on Friday night at a hotel in Tajik capital Dushanbe where Momen is accompanying President M Abdul Hamid to the 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

The Indian foreign minister assured Momen about necessary Indian cooperation regarding the issues as the Modi government “shows mature sensitivity” in developing friendly relations with neighboring countries, according to the statement.

Jayshankar, who previously served as India’s top bureaucrat, termed Bangladesh as gateway of New Delhi’s “look east economic diplomacy” in view of its geostrategic location and said the feature could benefit both the countries as well as BIMSTEC, the regional economic forum.

“India put highest importance on regional connectivity,” he added.

Momen sought Jaishankar’s cooperation in attracting Indian investment at 100 special economic Zones (SEZs) in Bangladesh.

Mentioning that he visited India as the first country after appointed as foreign minister, Momen also invited his Indian counterpart to visit Bangladesh soon.

Jaishankar nodded positively to visit Bangladesh soon at his convenient time.

The two foreign ministers expressed their satisfactions over the existing deep cordial bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India and hoped that it will further be expanded in the days to come.

Momen said it is an example for the world that how Prime Ministers Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi lifted Bangladesh-India ties at an unprecedented height by resolving prolonged sensitive disputes through their political insights and farsighted matured leadership.

On behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Momen congratulated premier Narendra Modi for his landslide victory at the recent Indian national polls, or lokasabha election.

Momen also greeted Jaishankar for taking his new office as the Indian external affairs minister.


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