Thursday, July 25, 2024

India, Bangladesh Agree On Mega Challenge To Preserve Teesta River


India has additionally determined to open a brand new assistant excessive fee in Rangpur. (Representational)

New Delhi:

Sending a technical staff by India to Bangladesh quickly for a mega mission to preserve and handle Teesta river, shifting forward to begin negotiations on a complete commerce pact and boosting defence ties had been amongst main outcomes of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Saturday.

The 2 sides signed 10 agreements offering for bolstering ties in a spread of important areas akin to digital area, maritime sphere, blue economic system, railways, house, inexperienced expertise, well being and medication.

Either side additionally firmed up a “futuristic imaginative and prescient” for bringing transformative cooperation between the 2 “trusted” neighbours in a raft of latest areas.

A significant focus of the talks between the 2 prime ministers was to discover methods to shore up India-Bangladesh cooperation in digital and vitality connectivity at the same time as each side resolved to work in direction of peaceable administration of borders between the 2 international locations.

In his remarks to the media, Modi, describing people-to-people contacts as the muse of ties between the 2 nations, mentioned India will launch an e-medical visa facility for individuals from Bangladesh coming to India for medical therapy.

India has additionally determined to open a brand new assistant excessive fee in Rangpur.

Within the talks, Modi and Hasina additionally resolved to strengthen bilateral defence cooperation together with in areas of defence manufacturing and modernisation of Bangladeshi armed forces and agreed to reinforce engagement on countering terrorism and radicalisation.

The difficulty of Rohingya refugees in addition to the scenario in Myanmar and boosting regional cooperation beneath the framework of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Financial Cooperation) grouping additionally figured within the talks.

“We’ve got determined to begin negotiations on the technical stage for the renewal of the 1996 Ganga Water Treaty,” Prime Minister Modi mentioned.

“On the conservation and administration of the Teesta river in Bangladesh, a technical staff will quickly go to Bangladesh for talks,” he mentioned in his media assertion, The mega mission assumed significance as China too apparently confirmed curiosity in it. Below the mission, it’s envisaged to construct giant reservoirs and associated infrastructure to handle and preserve Teesta river water.

The transfer on the mission comes amid a long-pending proposal to have a pact on sharing of Teesta water between the 2 international locations.

The deal was set to be signed in the course of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s go to to Bangladesh in September 2011, nevertheless it was postponed on the final minute attributable to objections by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

At a media briefing, Overseas Secretary Vinay Kwatra mentioned India plans to undertake conservation and administration of the Teesta River inside Bangladesh with appropriate Indian help.

In his remarks, Modi mentioned Bangladesh is India’s largest growth associate and New Delhi attaches highest precedence to its relations with that nation.

“Bangladesh is located on the confluence of our Neighbourhood First coverage, Act East coverage, Imaginative and prescient SAGAR and Indo-Pacific imaginative and prescient.

India has been cooperating with the international locations of the Indian Ocean area beneath the broader coverage framework of SAGAR or Safety and Development for all within the Area.

“We’ve got saved our give attention to connectivity, commerce and collaboration. Within the final 10 years, we have now restored the connectivity that existed earlier than 1965,” Modi mentioned.

“Now we’ll emphasise extra on digital and vitality connectivity. It will give impetus to the economies of each international locations,” he mentioned.

“To take our financial relations to new heights, each side have agreed to begin negotiations on CEPA (Complete Financial Partnership Settlement),” he mentioned.

The prime minister mentioned each side determined to develop defence cooperation as effectively.

“We had intensive discussions on additional strengthening defence cooperation, from defence manufacturing to modernisation of armed forces,” he mentioned.

“We’ve got determined to strengthen our engagement on counter-terrorism, de-radicalisation and peaceable administration of borders.” “We share a typical imaginative and prescient for the Indian Ocean area. We welcome Bangladesh’s resolution to affix the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative,” he mentioned.

In her remarks, Hasina described India as Bangladesh’s main neighbour and a trusted pal.

“India is our main neighbour, trusted pal, and regional associate. Bangladesh tremendously values our relationships with India, which had been born out of the Warfare of Liberation in 1971,” she mentioned.

“I recall with gratitude the contribution of the federal government and the individuals of India to Bangladesh’s independence,” she mentioned.

Hasina additionally paid homage to the “courageous fallen heroes of India” who sacrificed their lives within the 1971 struggle.

“In the present day, we had very productive conferences the place we mentioned cooperation in areas of safety, commerce, connectivity, sharing of water from widespread rivers, energy and vitality, and regional and multilateral cooperation,” she mentioned.

The Bangladesh prime minister started her two-day go to to India on Friday.

It’s the first incoming bilateral state go to by a overseas chief after the formation of the brand new authorities in India following the Lok Sabha elections.

Within the morning, Hasina visited Rajghat and paid wealthy tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

Forward of the talks, the visiting chief was accorded a ceremonial welcome on the fore-court of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Officers mentioned the main target of the Modi-Hasina talks can be to impart a brand new momentum to the bilateral ties together with in areas of commerce, connectivity and vitality.

Hasina was amongst seven prime leaders from India’s neighbourhood and the Indian Ocean area who attended the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union council of ministers on June 9.

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