India is always with Bangladesh in solving Rohingya issue, Modi tells President Abdul Hamid
The people of Bangladesh have been waiting for years to see the Teesta River water sharing issue settled, President Abdul Hamid told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"I believe an agreement will be signed soon, which will fulfill India's commitment in this regard," President Hamid said on Friday.
A deal on sharing the water of Teesta has remained pending since 2011. However, the Indian government has been assuring Bangladesh that it is working to conclude the deal as early as possible.
Indian Prime Minister Modi said that the unsettled bilateral issues "will be settled very soon" but he did not particularly mention the Teesta water sharing issue. He also stressed on strengthening and making the joint river commission effective.
President Abdul Hamid went to Delhi to join the swearing-in ceremony of Modi. They met at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi and during their discussion, the Rohingya issue also came up, reports UNB.
The president noted that the Rohingya issue has not only become a burden for Bangladesh but also a security threat for South Asia.
He said India is Bangladesh's closest friend. "India's role in the early resolution of the Rohingya issue is very crucial," he told Modi.
"India may create pressure for ensuring a congenial environment in Rakhaine State so that Rohingyas can voluntarily return to their homeland," the head of state said.
Modi said India always talks about the Rohingya issue in different international forums.
"Rohingya issue is not a problem for Bangladesh alone. This is now everyone's concern. India is always with Bangladesh in solving the issue," the Indian prime minister said.
Strengthening bilateral ties
Abdul Hamid congratulated Modi on his re-election and conveyed regards from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
"She and the people of Bangladesh are eagerly waiting to welcome you at the earliest date," the president said.
He said the Bangladesh-India bilateral ties have seen remarkable progress, virtually in all areas and noted that the neighbours amicably settled enclave and maritime boundary issues.
Addressing India's security concern, the president said: "Bangladesh does not allow its territory to be used by any terrorists, groups or entity agains tany state or people.
The head of state said he was looking forward to working closely with Modi and the Indian government in the coming days to "move forward with common aspirations to further consolidate our relationships, settling all outstanding issues between the two countries".
Modi spoke about jointly celebrating the 50th Independence Day and 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. "It will have a global impact," he said.
"It will also play a positive role in strengthening the bilateral and multilateral relationship [between Bangladesh and India]," Modi said.