Hasina, Modi mull security, politics of region


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has met her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Santiniketan Friday and discussed a range of bilateral issues including security and politics.
Reportedly this half-an-hour meeting was held at the newly-inaugurated Bangladesh Bhavan in Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan.
“Bilateral issues were discussed, issues related to the security and politics of the region”, Bangladesh’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam told reporters later.
Bangladesh and India are on the “same page” with regard to the return of the Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, he said referring to Hasina’s remarks about early repatriation of the refugees who are now lodged in Bangladesh.
“Bangladesh is grateful to India for especially the assurances made by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj when she visited Myanmar recently. Swaraj had expressed India’s views regarding quick, sustainable and dignified return of the Rohingya refugees,” Alam said.
On the issue of Teesta water-sharing, he said “we have full faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi … A track two dialogue is already on regarding this issue.”—Agencies

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