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India, Bangladesh to sign several deals during PM's visit to Dhaka

File photo of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina.
File photo of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina.

India and Bangladesh are poised to sign several deals on sharing of common river waters, land boundary demarcation and transit facilities during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Dhaka on September 6-7.

"This is going to be a historic visit not only for the two countries but for this region," Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni told a press briefing this afternoon.

This is the first bilateral visit to Bangladesh by an Indian Prime Minister in 12 years.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Dr Singh will hold one-to-one talk to be followed by the delegation-level official talks on September 6.

After the official meeting, the two Prime Ministers will sign a framework agreement on cooperation in different fields between the two South Asian neighbours.

Besides, Dhaka and New Delhi will sign exchange of letters on the use of Bangladesh’s seaports Chittagong and Mongla by India.

The two sides will also sign an interim agreement on sharing of waters of the common rivers Teesta and Feni on equity basis.

Both the countries will also sign a protocol on demarcation of 6.5 km land border and transfer of enclaves and adversely possessed lands, the matter remaining unresolved since Independence in 1947.

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The two sides would sign MoUs on extension of railway route, cooperation in renewable energy and fisheries, conservation of mangrove forest Sundarbans and conservation of tigers.

"We hope this visit would be successful," the Foreign Minister said.

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