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Bangladesh PM pitches for more trade channels with India

Bangladesh PM pitches for more trade channels with India

Bangladesh Parliament had recently adopted a unanimous resolution declaring March 25 as "Genocide Day" in remembrance of Pakistani atrocities and this "genocide" must be recognised as such by the global community.

"We have cooperated with Bangladesh on the Land Boundary Agreement, and since we have surplus power in West Bengal and since our neighbour needs power, we can give power to Bangladesh". Hasina is accompanied by one of the largest-ever business delegations to India.

She asked people to uphold the national interest and slammed the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia for its allegations that the country was being sold to India through her visit.

The official visit by Hasina to New Delhi has contributed substantially to improved relations between the two countries: symbolically and in substance.

The move comes immediately after Narendra Modi assured Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of finding an early solution to the Teesta water sharing issue.

She hoped that the present Indian government would come out from the "previous mistakes" and respect the sentiment of Bangladesh's democracy-loving people.

At a meeting organised by business chambers here, she said Bangladesh is planning to open more channels of trade, enhance Border Haats and open routes which were closed during the 1965 war, steps that will help take bilateral trade to the next level. As a result, Bangladesh has been demanding a river water sharing pact with India for over two decades now. He said, India is working with Bangladesh in new areas such as hydrocarbons.

Ms. Hasina claimed that India built a barrage at the Gazaldoba point on the Teesta when the BNP was in power. "At least we got something", she said in a lighter note.

Khaleda also accused that India had interfered the last Bangladeshi national election, in which only five per cent of the voters turned up.

The 19th SAARC Summit, which was scheduled to be held in November previous year in Islamabad, was canceled after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan followed India's decision to stay away from the Summit.


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