Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina asked her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Saturday to intervene with the Myanmar government on repatriating Rohingya who are in Bangladesh. The two countries agreed that displaced Rohingya should return to their home in Rakhine province in Myanmar.
Describing the relationship with India as the “best of relations”, Bangladesh foreign secretary Shahidul Hoq said the two sides signed seven MOUs that are expected to become concrete pacts in areas of water resources, youth affairs, culture, education and coastal surveillance.
An important milestone came with the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) on the use of Chattogram (Chittagong) and Mongla Ports for movement of goods to and from India.
While Teesta water sharing is not likely to happen soon, the two sides have, after nine years, activated the joint River Commission (JRC) tasked with completing a framework agreement to share waters of six other rivers.
The joint statement said the two sides would “exchange updated data and information and prepare the draft framework of Interim Sharing Agreements for six rivers , namely, Manu, Muhuri, Khowai, Gumti, Dharla and Dudhkumar and to firm up the draft framework of interim sharing agreement of Feni River”.
Modi and Hasina inaugurated three projects by video link.
Speaking on the occasion, Modi said, “Today’s three projects are in three different areas: LPG import, vocational training and social facility. But the purpose of all three is the same. And that is to improve the lives of our citizens…India prioritises its partnership with Bangladesh.”