India to partner in Bangladesh's economic development: Prez

Apr 13, 2017, 00:54
India to partner in Bangladesh's economic development: Prez

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said her visit to India was hugely satisfying.

Bangladesh PM honoured the Indian martyred soldiers during the 1971 liberation war.

"We have an India-Bangladesh Investment Agreement to protect your investment".

This is Hasina's first visit to India after Modi assumed office in May 2014, following his Bharatiya Janata Party's won a landslide victory in the general elections.

The President said India-Bangladesh relations are growing from strength to strength.

Stressing that common water resources must act as a uniting force, she pitched for a comprehensive solution to sharing of waters of all common rivers between the two countries.

Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina today said that her recent India tour has been concluded successfully and was fruitful. She assured her government will provide all facilities to the Indian investors.

"She had to return home empty-handed - with nothing, but with some assurances", she said at a press conference at her Gulshan residence on Wednesday.

Her government has also worked towards large scale socio-economic amelioration for the people, to bring about social stability, ensure that any form, explicit or implicit, of anti-India activity is thwarted and rooted out, and endeavoured for a peaceful, yet well-guarded border with India.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh had comprehensively addressed India's security concerns, which has helped in trust-building between the two countries.

He also appreciated the Prime Minister's visit in August 2015 to attend the last rites of his late wife. "None can stop the flow of water from Teesta", the Prime Minister said.

The West Bengal Chief Minister, whose cooperation is crucial for any river water agreement with Bangladesh, has maintained that she will prioritise her state's interest while deciding on the proposed water sharing treaty.

When asked about the possibility of SAARC summit to be resumed, which was postponed after India boycotted the even following the Uri terror attack in September past year, Alam said, 'It's for the SAARC secretary general who happens to be a Pakistani diplomat and it's down to their office to decide when the SAARC summit will happen'.

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