Progress made on water sharing

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said a positive progress was made in discussions on sharing the water of common rivers, including the Teesta.

He made the comment at a press briefing after Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das met him at the secretariat.

The minister also thanked the Indian government on behalf of the prime minister for funding the procurement of equipment for the development of road infrastructure, bus and trucks for Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation.

“Bangladesh and India’s friendly relations are multi-dimensional. The prime ministers of the two countries are very cordial about improving the relations between the governments and the people,” he said.

Quader, also the general secretary of Awami League, said it is possible to resolve any problem if there is mutual understanding between the neighbours. He cited border issues and exchange of enclaves as examples of resolving outstanding problems.

On March 2, visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla had said Bangladesh and India were working to finalise an agreement on sharing the water of seven common rivers within this year.

“We agreed to expedite harmonisation of this data so that water-sharing agreement can be finalised as early as possible, possibly within this year,” he said.


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