Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Bangladesh is expecting the signing of water sharing agreement of Teesta in the upcoming India tour of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reports Indiatoday.
“India is our ally state and we are working together for a long time. We have been able to agree on different issues already and Bangladesh expects that the pending issues with India will be resolved gradually,” Hasina said on Saturday.
“We cannot forget the contribution of India in our Liberation War,” the PM said about India’s support in great Liberation War of Bangladesh.
“We are grateful to India. We will resolve the issues of the two countries and we are hoping to sign the Teesta Treaty this time,” she said.
Talking about the Hungary tour that created fresh momentum in the bilateral relations between the two countries, she said that Hungary supported Bangladesh during the Liberation War and also recognised it after the independence.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman signed agreements with them but the relations downturned after the bloodshed of 1975.
“I think the visit has renewed the momentum in the relations between Hungary and Bangladesh,” Hasina added.
In the briefing, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “Our government placed very easy terms for the telecast of Indian channels in Bangladesh. But India is not allowing any Bangladeshi channel to be telecasted there by imposing tough conditions. Work is going on under the supervision of Information Minister in this regard and it will be resolved quickly.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to visit India on December 17 for two days. Last time she visited India on a bilateral tour in 2010.
During Sheikh Hasina’s last visit in 2010, 50 joint manifestos between the two countries were declared.
Initiatives have been taken to resolve the problems one by one in last six years based on the joint declaration. Problem like border crisis has been resolved.
But one issue that still remains a reason of conflict for the two countries is Teesta Treaty.
Though, this time the main objective of her India tour is to give special honour to the families of Indian martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the Liberation War of Bangladesh, reports suggest that the treaty might be signed.
New Delhi has taken special initiatives on the issue and trying to find an acceptable solution, confirmed Diplomatic source.