Update February 21, 2015

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Mamata Banerjee assures ‘positive’ stance on Teesta

Sumel Sarker

Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

21 February 2015, Nirapad News: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that she will take a positive stance about sharing of Teesta water considering the interests of both countries.

The West Bengal chef minister made the statement in her meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Gonobhaban on Saturday afternoon.

Prime Minister’s Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said Mamata Banerjee also assured the prime minister that the Land Boundary Agreement will be passed in Indian Lok Sabha upcoming session.

“The prime minister informed the West Bengal Chief minister about the sufferings of people living in the disputed enclaves,” he added.

“We love Bangladesh and so we consider Bangladesh’s interest seriously,” Iqbal Sobhan quoted Mamata.

The West Bengal chief minister arrived in Dhaka Thursday night on a three-day visit, while the water flow in the disputed, shared river Teesta has been weakening with time.

However, the Bangladeshi leadership hopes the visit will pave the way in resolving two long-pending issues with India the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) and the sharing of Teesta water.

Bangladesh and India were scheduled to sign the Teesta agreement in 2011, during the visit of the then Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, but it did not happen because of strong resistance from the West Bengal chief minister.

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