The prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, was invited as Chief guest on Bangladesh Independence Day. During the visit, the Prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, and Narendra Modi signed Five agreements in the field ranging from sports and disaster management to trade corrective measures.
5 Agreements Inked: India And Bangladesh
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The conference marked PM Hasina stressing the importance of signing the Teesta water-sharing treaty, which West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continues to fiercely oppose.
Bangladesh must receive its fair portion of the Teesta water in order to mitigate the sufferings and save the resources of millions of people who are directly dependent on the Teesta river basin, says Bangladesh PM Hasina.
Key Points of the Meetings
- Both countries discussed problems regarding the Rohingya Muslims, with India saying that they were glad to facilitate the return of the forcibly displaced people from Myanmar’s Rakhine State “secure, speedy and sustainable.”
- Both nations discussed increasing the security cooperation, and commitment to eliminate terrorism which remains to be a threat to global peace and security.
- PM Hasina and PM Modi have unveiled three “Haats” along the frontier.
- Foundation of Five packages out of the 8 Rooppur Power Evacuation Project was laid by the leaders.
- Both leaders jointly inaugurated the Rabindra Bhawan services in Kuthibari.
- India gifted One-hundred-Nine ambulances to Bangladesh.
- Bangladesh thanked India for donating 3.2 million Covid-19 vaccine doses and asked India to help with the routine distribution of the pending vaccine doses purchased from the Serum Institute of India.
The only bone of contention between the two parties was the Teesta river agreement. The concern was also raised by PM Hasina last year with the PM Narendra Modi in a virtual summit that was held in December month.
The delay is due to West Bengal’s Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, who strongly opposes the agreement, claiming that they can only share Teesta water if it is appropriate for the state.
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