Source: Agencies12 May 2016 16:06:24
Dhaka, May 12: During two-day foreign visit to Bangladesh, Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence in Ganobhaban on Wednesday. During the meeting Jaishankar thanked Bangladesh for its support to India for its initiatives for launching SAARC Satellite.
He also informed PM Hasina that eight of the fourteen commitments made during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Dhaka visit in June last year have been fulfilled. PM Hasina thanked the Indian government for ratification of the landmark Land Boundary Agreement by the Indian Parliament.
Indian Foreign secretary also spoke about bilateral relations over a breakfast talk at Hotel Sonargaon in Dhaka on Thursday morning. He pointed during the meeting that India and Bangladesh can resolve their pending bilateral issues by maintaining good relations.
Professor Anisuzzaman, rights activist Sultana Kamal, former lawmaker Prof Abdul Mannan, Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique, Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Syed Fahim Munaim, Zafar Sobhan, Altamas Kabir, Dr Kazi Khaliquzzaman and Barrister Tania Amir, among others were present at the meeting.
Pending issues and concerns like river water sharing, border killing and complications regarding Indian visa were also discussed during the meeting. Jaishankar discussed on the process of water sharing with Bangladesh and assured that India is trying to bring down the number of deaths in the bordering areas between the two countries.
He said that Indian authorities are working on easing up the visa issuing process for Bangladeshi people. The visiting Foreign Secretary also conveyed that India will continue to provide assistance to its Bangladesh.
Jaishankar will also hold bilateral meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Md Shahidul Haque today, where the duo will be discussing entire range of bilateral issues, including water-sharing, transit, development of Pyra Port, trade and investment, Indian Line of Credit, review implementation of various development projects. He arrived at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Wednesday on a two-day trip.