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No progress in Teesta water-sharing deal

  • Published at 10:25 pm May 23rd, 2018
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Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali briefing reporters on the prime minister’s upcoming visit to Kolkata, India at his office in Dhaka on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Courtesy

'You'll come to know about the signing of the deal in due time,' the foreign minister tells reporters

There has been no progress in the Teesta water-sharing deal as yet. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on Wednesday said the purpose of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Kolkata visit was “something else”.

"You'll come to know about the signing of the deal in due time," he told reporters, when asked about progress in the signing of the much-awaited Teesta deal between Dhaka and New Delhi.

He did, however, say there would be a meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi during the visit.

Mahmood was briefing reporters at his office on the PM's Kolkata visit.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shabidul Haque were also present at the briefing.

Hasina will leave for Kolkata on Friday to attend the Visva-Bharati University's convocation ceremony as the guest of honour and receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature from Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol.

She will also inaugurate the Bangladesh Bhaban at Visva-Bharati University and hold a meeting with Modi there.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying Hasina and her entourage, will take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:30am on Friday for Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata.