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Indian water minister may visit B’desh soon

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Staff reporter

Indian Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has expressed her willingness to visit Bangladesh at a convenient time soon as Bangladesh expects it at the earliest.

The visit is important as the 38th India-Bangladesh Joint Rivers Commission meeting, scheduled to be held in Dhaka, still remains pending.

“I would be happy to visit Bangladesh at a time of mutual convenience. We are currently having budget session of parliament,” Uma Bharti wrote to her Bangladesh counterpart Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud on July 24 last.

Earlier, the Bangladesh Water Resources Minister invited his Indian counterpart to visit Dhaka for the next meeting of the JRC between the two countries.

In her reply, the Indian minister thanked her Bangladesh counterpart for the invitation saying India attaches the highest importance to its relations with Bangladesh.

“The close and friendly relations between the two countries are visible in the ongoing multifaceted cooperation including resolution of many other issues of mutual interest in a cordial and constructive manner.”

The 38th JRC meeting, originally scheduled to be held here on June 18-19, 2013, was postponed due to India's eleventh-hour 'request' as the then Indian minister had some domestic compulsions.

The JRC meeting had vast agenda, and Teesta Water Sharing issue was supposed to be a priority one.

In the last (37th) JRC meeting that took place on March 18-19, 2010 in New Delhi, Bangladesh and India swapped proposals over the Teesta deal.