No change in India's vow to solve Teesta issue: Jaishankar

Staff Corespondent
20 August 2019, Tue
Published: 03:52 Updated: 09:28

No change in India's vow to solve Teesta issue: Jaishankar

Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar told that India continues to be committed to solving Teesta issue along with 53 other common rivers and his country would increase humanitarian assistance for Rohingyas in Bangladesh.

Asked about the Teesta issue, Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar reiterated India’s stance to being committed to solving issues of 54 common rivers including the much-debated Teesta River, he told that We’ve a position. You all are aware of it. We’ve a commitment on that position. And there’s no change in that regard.

India wants quick, safe and sustainable repatriation of Rohingya refugees for the sake of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, he said at the State Guest House Jamuna in Dhaka after a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart AK Abdul Momen.

Jaishankar also added that they agreed that the “safe, speedy and sustainable” return of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State is in the national interest of the three countries - Bangladesh, Myanmar and India.

“We reaffirmed our readiness to provide more assistance for the displaced persons in Bangladesh and to improve socioeconomic condition in Rakhine State,” Jaishankar said.

He added that India has been providing humanitarian assistance to Rohingyas in Bangladesh and it will do more in the future.

Minister Dr S Jaishankar said that India’s partnership with Bangladesh remains an example of what neighbours can do if they work together as two partners.

He added that the government led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is determined to ensure that this partnership is truly a role model in South Asia and for the world.  

Dr S Jaishankar said the improved partnership against crimes, extremism and terrorist groups will have direct benefits to the people of the two countries when it comes to security issue.

He added that We’ve many energy-sharing projects which we’re discussing, including private and public sector partnership.

On trade issues, He told that they are ready to move to the next stage of economic partnership as Bangladesh’s economy develops and matures. “We’ll make progress at a phase which is comfortable for Bangladesh.”