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PM Hasina to visit India in October

  • Published at 07:21 pm August 4th, 2019
Web_File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
File photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

Sharing water from 54 common rivers will be a priority on the agenda

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to visit India in October this year to discuss bilateral issues, including water sharing in common rivers, aiming to take the growing relations between Bangladesh and India further.

The dates will be finalized when Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visits Bangladesh, most likely on August 20-21, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said on Sunday, when he spoke to a small group of journalists at his office in Dhaka.

The agenda of the the prime minister’s visit will include discussion on all the bilateral, regional and international issues, with a greater focus on the issue of sharing water from 54 transboundary rivers between the neighbours.

The foreign minister also hinted that the discussion on water sharing would be held without elaborating the long-pending Teesta water-sharing issue.

'No letter from India seeking land for Agartala airport'

Asked about recent media reports that India has sought land from within Bangladesh territory to expand the Agartala airport in Tripura, Dr Momen said: "I did not get any letter in this regard... I have no knowledge about it.”

The foreign minister also mentioned that Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan might discuss the issue when he visits India.

Responding to another question on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s killers, he said he was hoping to bring back at least one or two killers before the celebrations of the father of the nation’s birth centenary.