Bangladeshi Minister hints at resolving of Teesta water-sharing issue soon
The Teesta river issue has been a matter of dispute between India and Bangladesh since 1983
Hailing the ties between India and Bangladesh, Awami League General Secretary and Bangladesh Transport Minister, Obaidul Qader has said that the Teesta water-sharing issue will be resolved soon.
"The relationship between Bangladesh and India has been built on reliability and confidence, and there has been remarkable progress in solving the water-sharing issue of Teesta and other rivers. The Teesta water-sharing issue will be resolved soon,” the Bangladesh Transport Minister was quoted as saying by India Today.
The Teesta river issue has been a matter of dispute between both sides since 1983. Several rounds of negotiations have been held with no fixed solution yet.
It was also discussed in the virtual bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina held recently.
While PM Hasina highlighted the need for the early signing of an interim agreement for sharing of the Teesta waters, as agreed upon by both the governments in 2011, PM Modi reiterated India’s sincere commitment and continued efforts of the Government of India in that regard.
The Bangladesh transport minister’s remarks came as the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, Vikram Kumar Doraiswami, visited the Awami League central office on Wednesday.
Doraiswami said that Bangladesh and India share a "blood relationship", initiated by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibor Rahman. He also pledged that the Government of India (GoI) will extend "full cooperation" to Bangladesh in getting rapid Covid vaccination.
During the meeting, the Bangladeshi Minister also commented on the Bangladesh-India 'Rokter Rakhi Bandhon.’
"We have two-prolonged approach against terrorism and militancy. No one will be allowed to use Bengali soil for (terrorist activities) at the border. The issue of border killings has been continuing in both the countries. I hope we will succeed in eliminating this issue... The relationship between the countries is progressing to a new level,” he was quoted as saying.
Party members like Begum Matia Chowdhury, Faruk Khan, Jahangir Kabri Nanak, Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, Hasan Mahmud, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Ahmed Hossen, BM Mozammel Haque, SM Kamal Hossen, Mirza Azam, Afzal Hossain, Biplob Barua, and Sayem Khan were also present at the event.