Bangladesh wants to complete Teesta agreement quickly
New Delhi, Nov 25: The Foreign Secretaries of Bangladesh and India in a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday afternoon emphasized the need for early completion of the Teesta Treaty and the Common River Water Sharing Agreement.
In the Bangladesh-India Foreign Office Consultation (FOC) meeting, the Bangladesh side stressed on the removal of trade barriers on Bangladesh's exportable products and uninterrupted supply of essential products between the two countries. Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen and his Indian counterpart Vinay Mohan Kwatra led their respective sides in the meeting. The meeting discussed a wide range of bilateral issues ranging from border security to trade and water, power and energy cooperation.
After the meeting, the Ministry of External Affairs of India and the Ministry of External Affairs of Bangladesh issued separate statements in New Delhi and Dhaka regarding the FOC. The FOC is an institutional dialogue process between foreign secretaries to review all aspects of bilateral relations.
A foreign ministry statement said the foreign secretary of Bangladesh urged his counterpart to deepen and expand people-to-people contacts and sought India's help in resolving the Rohingya crisis.
Both sides emphasized on deepening cooperation for the greater prosperity of the people of the two friendly countries. The Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh thanked the Government of India for inviting the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to attend the "G20 Leaders Summit" as the only South Asian leader under India's G20 Presidency.
Referring to the recent inauguration of several projects by the two Prime Ministers to enhance connectivity and cooperation in the power and energy sector, they said such cooperation reflects the tangible results of strong bilateral relations.