Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said that as long as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is around, New Delhi and Dhaka will find solutions to all bilateral problems, including the Teesta river water sharing issue.
After meeting Modi in Delhi, Hasina said: “…the two countries have made remarkable progress in many areas, I remember that both the countries have resolved many pending issues in the spirit of friendship and cooperation and hopefully All outstanding issues including Teesta water-sharing treaty will be resolved at the earliest.”
With Modi, Hasina said, “Today, I thank Mr. Modi that we have resolved the issue of Kushiyara… So, I know that as long as Prime Minister Modi is here, Bangladesh and India will solve all these problems.”
Earlier in the day, he had said that friendship can solve any problem.
After both sides signed an agreement on water-sharing on the Kushiyara river, Modi said the agreement would benefit the people of Sylhet in southern Assam and Bangladesh. He also said that both countries will share data on floods.
PM Modi referred to the coronavirus pandemic and said that recent geopolitical challenges make it necessary to strengthen bilateral economic ties. “The two sides will soon start negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement,” he said.
Besides the agreement on water-sharing on the Kushiyara river, the two sides also signed agreements on railways, space, IT, and media.
Earlier in the day, Modi received Hasina in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, where she was given a tri-services guard of honor.
Talking to reporters at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Hasina said her talks with Modi would focus on improving the condition of the people in their respective countries as well as poverty alleviation and economic development. “Our main objective is to develop the economy and meet the basic needs of our people. With friendship, you can find a solution to any problem. So, we always do that,” said Hasina.
During her stay, Hasina will meet President Draupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar.
After Hasina reached Delhi on Monday afternoon, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called her on Monday evening. Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani did the same.
He paid floral tributes at Raj Ghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, and visited the Nizamuddin Dargah in the national capital on Monday. He is also scheduled to visit Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan on Thursday.