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India working to solve Teesta issue on priority basis: Saran
DHAKA, March 14 (BSS) - Newly appointed Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran today said his government is working to solve the issue on Teesta water sharing treaty with Bangladesh on priority basis.

"The process of signing the pending Teesta Water Treaty is undergoing and it would be signed soon," he said while presenting
his credentials to President Zillur Rahman at Bangabhaban today.

The new Indian envoy apprised the President that he has got special assignment here to implement the agreements and memorandum of understandings (MOUs), those have already been signed between New Delhi and Dhaka.

Welcoming the new Indian envoy at Bangabhaban, President Rahman termed India as the closest and trusted friend of Bangladesh and expressed his satisfaction over the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries.

Zillur Rahman recalled with profound respect the contribution of the then Indian government and its people during the War of Independence of the country in 1971.

President Rahman said the pending issues between Bangladesh and India could be solved through holding high level dialogues between the two countries.

Through the new High Commissioner, the President urged Indian
government to increase their cooperation with Bangladesh especially in the field of trade and commerce.

The President observed that the Bangladesh-India bilateral relation has got a new edge after the visit of Indian Premier Monmohon Singh here.

He also expressed his satisfaction over the opening of Dahgram-Angarpota corridor for 24 hours for the Bangladeshi citizens.

The Indian High Commissioner said his government is keen to expand the 'border hat' programme along the Bangladesh - India frontier.

The new envoy termed Bangladesh as a potential economy of the world and lauded the country's recent trend of socio-economic development.

Saying that Indian government and its people see Bangladesh government and its people in respectful eyes, Saran said he would
do his level best to make the bilateral relations further deepen
and stronger between the two countries.

The High Commissioner was accompanied by Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh Sanjay Bhattacharya.

Secretaries concerned of the President's office and acting foreign secretary were present.

Earlier on his arrival at Bangabhaban, the New High Commissioner was given a guard of honor by the President's Guard Regiment.
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