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Bangladesh soil ‘off-limit to terrorists’

Delhi's continuous role sought for quick repatriation of Rohingyas 


Thursday 05 July, 2018 04:46:29 pm

Bangladesh soil ‘off-limit to terrorists’

Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali with Director General of IDSA Jayant Prasad. Photo: UNB

Dhaka, July 5 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali has reiterated Bangladesh’s zero-tolerance for terrorism and its resolve not to allow any terrorist group to use its soil to launch any attack against India.

He also called on India to continue to play a crucial in persuading Myanmar for the early and secure repatriation of the Rohingyas to Myanmar.

Saying that security issue had “bedevilled Indo-Bangladesh ties in the past”, the envoy said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has firmly controlled the situation.

The High Commissioner was speaking on the “current state of India-Bangladesh relations and its future” at a talk at Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in New Delhi on Thursday.

Director General of IDSA Jayant Prasad made the welcome address.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, has restored mutual trust and cooperation and brought a highly positive change in “our bilateral ties”. 

“There is now a greater recognition on both sides that the destinies of our two countries are inescapably intertwined and we must grow together.”

Syed Muazzem Ali highlighted the other dimensions of rapidly-improved ties between the two closest neighbours. 

The areas are: Defence engagements, energy, bilateral and dub-regional connectivity, trade and commerce, water sharing, line of credit and people-to-people contact, according to the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi. 

He said the recent developments have taken Indo-Bangladesh ties to a new multi-dimensional, multi-faceted and comprehensive platform. 

“We’ve to proceed with a view to establishing a win-win equation for the benefit of our two countries and for the entire region,” he said.

Speaking on water sharing issues, he referred to unresolved problem of sharing the water of the Teesta River. 

“Bangladesh is eagerly looking forward to an early conclusion” of an agreement on Teesta water sharing to open up newer opportunities for cooperation, he said. 

In this regard, he referred to the signing of Ganges water sharing agreement signed between the two countries during Sheikh Hasina’s first term.

He said Bangladesh and India need to step up cooperation in joint management of 54 common rivers the two countries.

The Bangladesh envoy called for a speedy return of the Rohingya refugees sheltered in Bangladesh to their homes in Myanmar. 

He said the Bangladesh Prime Minister has proposed a five-point solution to the crisis at the last UNGA session, “We believe that sustained international pressure on Myanmar would be a catalyst for a long-term solution……”, he said.