Relations will take a huge hit: Dipu Moni

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India-Bangladesh relations “will take a huge hit” if India cannot deliver on the Teesta agreement, says Dipu Moni, foreign minister of Bangladesh. In an exclusive conversation with Times of India, Moni, who is in India for the first joint consultative committee meeting with foreign minister SM Krishna said, “on Teesta there is a huge expectation in Bangladesh. I think if India cannot deliver on that expectation, our relations will take a huge hit. I’m not sure our relationship can afford it. I believe people’s representatives understand this. They will do what is right.

“In Bangladesh too there are people and groups who do not wish to see South Asia come together or our relations flourish. We should not arm them by withholding Teesta.”

Coming a day after US secretary of state Hillary Clinton talked about water being a potential source of conflict in this region, it’s a sign of growing pressure on the Indian government to get moving on Teesta.

Dipu Moni
Dipu Moni

According to sources, the central government has been working hard to get West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to get off the bench on this agreement. Since this is now linked to Mamata’s own wishlist from the Centre, there is expectation in the government that a political deal could be worked out after the current parliament session which ends on May 22. In his joint press interaction, Krishna said, “We are trying to develop a political consensus in India. It is important that the views of all those who are dependent on the waters are taken into account and the burden is shared fairly and equitably. Meanwhile, there is no change in the ground situation. The waters are flowing, and in the last technical level meeting held in Kolkata in February this year, both sides exchanged data at Dalia in Bangladesh and Gazaldoba in India.”

However, Dipu Moni expressed satisfaction at the trajectory of the bilateral relationship. “Lot of things are moving ahead. From our point of view, our trade has nearly trebled in the last three ears. We’re very happy. We will see more investments from India.”

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E-Bangladesh is a News/Headlines service and a group blog aimed at bringing the news and analysis from Bangladesh to its readers.


200 Responses to “Relations will take a huge hit: Dipu Moni”

  1. moni

    my belief is if the group of members dont trust to their leader, then their plan will be so hard to achieve their goal…

  2. Khondkar Abdus Saleque

    It is genuine failure of Indian Government leadership .How can a state chief minister force to change central government decision ? Bangladesh must not be generous without reciprocation from India . We allowed India to transport Paltana Power Plant Machinery through Ashuganj -Akhaura Axis .What Bangladesh got in return? Enclaves are not exchanged , Teesta Water Sharing deal is uncertain , Import or power is also stuck in quick sand . India must change its take all and share nothing attitude with neighbours for lasting peace in the region.

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