Dhaka: India and Bangladesh today signed a historic agreement on land boundary between the two countries, while an agreement on river water sharing evaded a consensus. India also proclaimed allowing duty-free access to 46 items from Bangladesh to the Indian market that was in the sensitive list.
The agreements signed in the presence of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, integrated MoUs on conservation of the Sunderbans, conservation of the Royal Bengal tiger, cooperation between Dhaka University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, overland transit facility to Bangladesh through India to Nepal and cooperation between the national fashion institutes of the two countries.
Prime Minister Singh said that “We have worked out 24-hour access to the enclaves of Dahagram-Angarpota through Tin Bigha Corridor.”
On the sensitive river water concern, the Indian Prime Minister said that “Our common rivers need not be sources of discord, but can become harbingers of prosperity to both our countries. We have decided to continue discussion to reach a mutually acceptable, fair and amicable arrangement for the sharing of the Teesta and Feni river waters.”
In her speech Sheikh Hasina said that “We have signed a framework agreement on cooperation and development which is a visionary document that looks at not only the realities today, but also the potentials of tomorrow.”