Dhaka – Bangladesh and India are likely to sign 35 deals of cooperation during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi, a senior minister said on Wednesday.
The agreements and memorandum of understanding will be signed after Hasina hold official talks with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi Saturday. The Bangladeshi Prime Minister will leave for New Delhi on Friday.
Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said the two countries will sign deals on border management, information exchange, nuclear power, science, technology, electricity, energy and defence.
He said no deals with India will be kept secret.
“You will be able to see the deals for yourselves,” the minister told reporters at a press conference organized prior to the Prime Minister’s visit that came after seven year.
Hasina last time visited India in January of 2010 when Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister.
There have been hypes in the political arena, especially in the opposition quarter, that Bangladesh-India would sign and defence deal that would mostly benefit India.
And Bangladesh Nationalist Party of former prime minister Khaleda Zia at a meeting on Tuesday that her party would launch street actions if the government sings any deal with India that goes against the interest of the country.
The party, raised on an anti-Indian sentiment, also alleged that the government wanted to sell off the country’s sovereignty to India.
But the Foreign Minister dismissed those allegations saying such propaganda has no merit at all.
Bangladesh and India have long been discussing sharing of waters on one of its 54 trans-boundary rivers. An accord was supposed to have signed on water sharing of Teesta River when Manmohan Singh visited Bangladesh in 2011.
But the water sharing issue is not on the agenda for discussion this time round.
To a question on the Teesta issue, Foreign Minister Ali said he would not go into specifics.
“We do not wish to discuss the specifics at this moment,” he added.