|Published : 17 Oct 2016, 18:51:46 | Updated : 17 Oct 2016, 19:00:17|
BD, India hopes to resolve all bilateral issues
Teesta issue not discussed in Hasina-Modi meeting
Bangladesh hopes to resolve all bilateral issues with India, said Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque to reporters on Sunday night.
Haque said it while briefing reporters, along with PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, about the outcome of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian PM Narendra Modi’s meeting in Goa.
The two premiers had a bilateral meeting along the sidelines of after BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit at Leela Hotel in Goa.
"All bilateral issues came up for discussion, and we are hopeful to resolve all those issues with India," said the foreign secretary.
During the meeting, the two leaders discussed matters relating to mutual interests and also expressed their interest to stead beside each other, reports agencies.
Haque said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to visit New Delhi at the end of the year, and the foreign ministry officials are taking preparation for the visit.
He also said the two prime ministers discussed the ways of combating militancy and terrorism and Narendra Modi appreciated Sheikh Hasina for her strong stance against terrorism.
"The two leaders discussed how effectively terrorism could be addressed and Bangladesh Prime Minister shared Bangladesh's experience in dealing with terrorism," he said.
The two prime ministers agreed to address social impacts of terrorism and militancy comprehensively side by side with enforcement of law against the menaces, the foreign secretary said.
When asked on the Teesta water sharing treaty, Haque said although nothing regarding Teesta came up in the discussion, but Bangladesh is very much optimistic about resolving it. -IH