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Deal underway: Sushma

Delhi for solving water issue on priority basis

By UNB, DHAKA
22nd-Sep-2014       
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Describing water as a sensitive subject, India has said it needs to be addressed in a manner that is fair, equitable and in a manner that none of the parties concerned feel that their interests are being harmed.
"We're committed to giving it due attention. And the External Affairs Minister made it very clear to the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh that India is conscious that this is a matter of priority for Bangladesh," said Indian official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin in New Delhi on Saturday.
He said Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also clarified to Bangladesh Foreign Minister that given the principles that India requires a political consensus to be worked out and that process is under way, according to the Indian External Affairs Ministry website.
"While that process is under way, the waters of the Teesta flow unimpeded. It's an issue that touches on the lives and the livelihood of people in ways that few other things touch upon," he added.
Responding to a question on the status of the land boundary issue between India and Bangladesh, the spokesperson said he thinks it is no surprise that the Bill for this was introduced in the Rajya Sabha and therefore it has not lapsed.
The External Affairs Minister has informed her counterpart that this Bill was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs consists of Members of both the Houses. The Committee has only recently been reconstituted because there is a new Lok Sabha and new membership of the Lok Sabha.
The External Affairs Minister informed that now that the new Standing Committee is constituted, the Bill has been given to those new Members of the Lok Sabha who have been nominated to the Standing Committee on External Affairs and the process of political consultations is under way. Once the Standing Committee gives its report, it will go through the normal process of Parliament. Responding to another question on Jamaat funding issue, he said he has been hearing these reports only in the media. "Let me clarify this once and for all. I had twice before said that this matter did not come through us despite media reports that you had said that it was raised in Bangladesh and conveyed to the Ministry of External Affairs, and I can confirm yesterday that there was no such report of the type you are mentioning that was raised that there is something happening here and the Bangladesh Minister asked." He said this issue did not figure in the discussions.
Asked whether there is any possibility that Prime Minister Modi will be visiting Dhaka soon, the spokesperson said, "Yes, the Bangladeshi Prime Minister has previously invited the Prime Minister, as has an invitation gone from us for Sheikh Hasina to visit here at an early date. At this stage, these are issues that we will discuss a little later, but I can confirm to you that both have agreed to meet on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly when both will be present there during the last week of this month."

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