Published On : Fri, Apr 7th, 2017

We share poets, rivers, heritage… Sheikh Hasina begins visit on a positive note

New Delhi:
Before she left Dhaka, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that she expects bilateral relations between the two nations to touch new heights of cooperation, and added that she would renew her efforts for the signing of a deal to share waters of the River Teesta.

She said both India and Bangladesh do have issues that need to be resolved, but also share a cultural heritage and common Bangla language between Bangladesh and West Bengal.

She recalled the political will shown by the two governments to implement the Land Boundary Agreement after more than 40 years.

She said, “There are a lot of commonalities (at least with West Bengal). We share our Lalon, Rabindranath, Kazi Nazrul, Jibanananda; there is similarity in our language, we are nourished by the waters of the Padma, Brahmaputra, Teesta and so on. The Sundarbans is our common pride. We don’t have any strife over it. Then, why should there be any contention over the waters of common rivers?”