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Modi assures Bangladesh on Teesta issue concern

Posted on May 27 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, May 27 : India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told the visiting Bangladesh Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury that India would have a look into the Teesta water sharing issue.

Modi met Chaudhury at Hyderabad House here as part of his meetings with all SAARC country leaders.

Indian foreign secretary Sujatha Singh later told media: "The issue of Teesta came up during talks between Modi and Bangladesh Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury."

"Prime Minister Modi said we will see how we can look at it," she said.

Modi has also accepted the invitation of Bangladesh to visit the country and might do so early.

Chaudhury was present at the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the 15th Prime Minister of India on Monday.

The Ministry of External Affairs said Modi also through Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury conveyed his warm greetings and best wishes to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and said that he looked forward to receiving her in India at an early date.

He recalled India's strong relations rooted in shared struggle, history, culture and language. He noted that "we have shared stakes in each others' progress and prosperity and Bangladesh was India's largest trading partner in SAARC."

He appreciated the cooperation extended by Bangladesh to work together with India in all areas of mutual interest including security, power, border management, rail and road transport.

He expressed the commitment of Government of India in maintaining and building upon the momentum that has characterised India-Bangladesh relations in recent years.

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