As India and Bangladesh signed several pacts on October 5th, 2019 in New Delhi, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina raised her concerns over the issue of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam to which Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured her that it is an internal matter of the country and it is an exercise completely mandated by the Supreme Court of India.
As per reports, India assured Bangladesh that the process of NRC won’t harm the cordial relationship between the two countries but at the same time, the neighbouring country said that it will keep a close eye on the issue.
Earlier in the recent visit to the United States of America, Modi had assured Hasina in New York that her country has nothing to worry about the NRC issue.
Meanwhile, in the bilateral talks between the countries, Modi and Hasina inaugurated three bilateral development projects including import of LPG from Bangladesh to Tripura. They also inaugurated a Vivekananda Bhawan at Ramkrishna Mission in Dhaka and unveiled a skill development centre at Khulna.
Hasina also highlighted in the talks that the people of Bangladesh are awaiting the early signing of the Teesta water-sharing agreement which was agreed by both the governments in the year 2011.
Further, the issue of Rohingyas was also discussed and both of them agreed on the fact that safe and quick repatriation of the displaced persons to their home in Myanmar is the need of the hour.
A Memorandum of Understanding of signed in the meeting which will enable the use of Chattogram and Mongla ports for movement of goods to and fro. Also, several other pacts were signed which will strengthen the ties between both the countries.
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