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Dhaka still in dark on Teesta deal timing

Diplomatic Correspondent
Dhaka still in dark on Teesta deal timing

Bangladesh does not appear to have any idea as to when the much-talked about Teesta water sharing agreement will be signed. This was reflected yesterday yet again in a reply by Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali to a question regarding the deal at a press conference.

“This type of agreement is not signed stipulating specific timeframe,” he told a reporter when asked as to when this agreement can be signed. The press conference was organised on the occasion of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to West Bengal on May 25-26.

As asked if the Teesta issue will feature during the visit when she will hold a meeting with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and share a stage with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Ali replied, “Progress is being made. You will come to know in appropriate time.”

The Teesta water sharing agreement was supposed to be inked in early September, 2011 during the visit of the then Indian premier Dr Manmohan Singh, but could not be signed due to the last minute objection raised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The main purpose of the visit of the prime minister is to jointly inaugurate Bangladesh Bhaban with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Visva Bharati (Santiniketan) tomorrow. Sheikh Hasina will also receive a degree of Doctor of Literature at Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol, the next day, Foreign Minister ALi informed the press conference.

Indian Prime Minister Modi will receive Hasina at Santiniketon where she will also attend a convocation ceremony.

After the convocation ceremony, Hasina and Modi, also the chancellor of Santiniketan, will jointly unveil the plaque of Bangladesh Bhaban.

After the inaugural function, Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi will hold a meeting over a lunch.

On Saturday, the prime minister will travel to Kazi Nazrul University, to receive the Doctor of Literature degree. Mamata Banerjee will attend the conferring programme as chief guest.

According to sources concerned, there is no meeting scheduled between Hasina and Mamata during the trip.

The prime minister will return home on Saturday.

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