• Thursday, September 18, 2014

LAND BOUNDARY, TEESTA WATER-SHARING

Hasina writes Modi for speedy resolution of pending issues

Pallab Bhattacharya

In an apparent reference to Teesta water-sharing deal and land boundary agreement, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has written a letter to her new Indian counterpart Narendra Modi calling for a "speedy final resolution" of all pending issues between the two countries.

"I do believe that under your dynamic leadership we shall be able to resolve amicably, at the earliest, the pending issues that have remained in suspended animation for the last several years," Hasina wrote Monday, felicitating the BJP leader on his swearing in as India’s prime minister.

"It is my conviction that their speedy final resolution will pave the way for focusing on how best we can further deepen and broaden our existing cooperative ventures," Hasina said without specifying any pending issue.

A copy of Hasina’s letter is available to The Daily Star.

The Bangladesh PM said she was "committed to working in close partnership" with Modi and his government "for the utmost benefit of our two peoples".

"Bangladesh takes immense pride in forging a mutually beneficial partnership with India and sharing a common position and shared aspiration on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues," the letter reads.

Hasina said "working together, we will find new and innovative areas of cooperation and that Bangladesh-India friendship will attain greater heights and more meaningful depth and dimensions in the days ahead". 

Reiterating her invite to Modi to visit Bangladesh, Hasina said Bangladesh-India relations have "withstood and prevailed over vicissitudes of time" and "have grown from strength to strength particularly during the last five years".

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Last modified: 9:19 pm Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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