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Enclave issue almost resolved, Mamata hopeful on Teesta

Enclave issue almost resolved, Mamata hopeful on Teesta
Soon after her arrival in Bangladesh on February 19, an emotional Banerjee was welcomed by senior ministers of the ruling party. “I come here with lots of love after 17 years. I feel like I have come to my second home. It appears I have come to my own country. I carry my love from Kolkata to Bangladesh,” she said.

Banerjee, who is in Dhaka on a three-day official tour, while sharing her views during “Baithaki Bangla” – a luncheon meeting with litterateurs and cultural figures, said: “We want the border enclave issue to be resolved quickly. The central government will bring the requisite bill to the Indian Parliament.”

Banerjee further assured, “Trust me on the Teesta issue...I will discuss the matter with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”

“We (India) have problems; you have problems as well. I will talk to Hasina di. Leave the (Teesta) issue upon us. Don’t worry about it,” she added, emphasising on her keenness to respond to Bangladesh’s expectations from Bengal.

She also proposed a series of initiatives for strengthening ties with Bangladesh, including the construction of a “Bangabandhu Bhaban”, a building to be named after the neihbouring country’s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Kolkata.

“We discussed how cultural exchanges can mutually benefit and further strengthen the relationship between the two countries. This is a new and a historic beginning,” she said.

“Political geography has divided us, but there is no division in our minds. Tell me all your expectations and we will respond to them in due time,” Banerjee said. She also called upon the President of Bangladesh, Md Abdul Hamid and discussed various matters of mutual interest.

She is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with foreign minister A H Mahmood Alion, on whose invitation she had come to Bangladesh. Ali will also host a high tea in her honour.

The Bangladeshis welcomed her on Thursday with the hope to expedite settlements of crucial pending matters like the Teesta issue and the ratification of the LBA, since Bengal has major stake in these matters. Banerjee’s visit to Bangladesh is being considered as a significant diplomatic move to improve ties. She will be the Chief Guest on “Bhasha Divas” (Language Day) to be commemorated on February 21.
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