Water resources must act as uniting force: Sheikh Hasina

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 l20170408100820Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day long visit in India concluded on April 10. As many as 22 bilateral agreements and Memoranda of Understandings (MOUs) were discussed during her visit, including civil nuclear energy, defence cooperation, cyber security, power cooperation, skill development, developmental cooperation, etc.

During her visit, Hasina stressed that the common water resources should act as a uniting force between the two countries.

“We strongly believe our common water resources must act as a uniting force. A comprehensive, basin-wide solution with an in-built solution to water sharing of all common rivers holds the key to our common future,” she said while addressing an event.

Talking about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee’s proposal for sharing rivers other than the Teesta, she said, “We asked for water, she gave us power, but at least we got something.”

l20170408100808“I don’t know what ‘Didi’ (Banerjee) will do. Had a talk with Didi, she put forward something new. But Modiji has given the assurance that he is there to see what happens,” she said in a statement.

“We have put in place a multi-layered and effective bilateral security architecture with many dedicated joint institutional mechanisms for targeted and coordinated actions,” Hasina said while addressing India’s security concerns.

She also said that Bangladesh is looking forward to open more trade channels which will create more opportunities for the business class.