Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the deals Bangladesh signed with India during her last month’s visit to New Delhi was not detrimental to the country’s interest.
Hasina made the remarks in parliament on Wednesday while responding to questions from lawmakers to dispel confusion created by vested quarters.
“Statement of a vested quarter terming the instruments as against the country’s interest is untrue, imaginative and out of ignorance to mislead the people of the country,” she told parliament during the Prime Minister’s Question-time.
Bangladesh and India signed 35 agreements and memorandum of understanding for cooperation in various fields during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s New Delhi visit from April 7 to April 10.
Hasina, also the Leader of the House, said Bangladesh is an independent and sovereign state which was liberated by Awami League at the call of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the cost of huge sacrifice.
“So, the Awami League cannot sign anything against country’s interest,” she said responding to a question from Fazilatun Nesa Bappi, a female lawmaker from the seat reserved for the women.
On the proposed deal for sharing of water at cross-boundary Teesta River, Hasina said her government has been sincerely working to that end.
She also referred to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance for signing of the water sharing treaty during the tenure of the incumbent governments of the two countries.
Hasina said the agreements/ MoU signed between the two countries would play a very positive role in improving the living standard of the people of Bangladesh.
To another question, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh has also defence agreement with other countries including China, Russia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
The defence agreement with China was signed during the regime of BNP keeping the people completely in the dark, she said.
Responding to a question from Jatiyo Party member Fakhrul Imam the Prime Minister said whatever she has done was for welfare of the people and country’s development.
The government is maintaining good relations with all countries including India as per the objective of Bangladesh’s foreign policy – friendship to all, malice to none, said the Prime Minister.