Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Modi is positive about
discussions between the two went on for nearly
half an hour with India's new External Affairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj present and occasionally
The meeting was described as 'courtesy call' but
bilateral issues were discussed.
Shirin Sharmin was the last on the list of
Modi's bilaterals -- perhaps because she was the
only one who was not head of
and was only representing her prime minister.
"We discussed the whole range of bilateral
issues," Shirin Sharmin said after the meeting.
"He (Modi) appeared positive."
"Mr Modi assured me of very active consideration
of all outstanding bilateral issues like Teesta
water- sharing and the Land Boundary Agreement.
He is keen to sort them out," Shirin told
journalists after the meeting.
Shirin handed over a letter from Sheikh Hasina,
who is away in Tokyo on a pre-scheduled visit,
to the Indian prime minister, which promises to
'work together to take bilateral relations to a
The letter also invites Narendra Modi to visit
Dhaka at the earliest possible.
Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh told a
media briefing that Modi also invited Hasina
through Shirin Sharmin to visit Delhi as early
Singh said Modi is keen to carry forward the
'the entire gamut of bilateral relations marked
by much cooperation' in areas from security to
trade and from power to connectivity.
"The outstanding issues will be sorted out," she
quoted the Prime Minister as saying. "We have a
Modi also listed Bangladesh's success in areas
like micro-finance and poverty alleviation and
said South Asian nations should adopt each
other's best practices, said Singh.
Other heads of governments of SAARC countries
and Mauritius, who had come to Delhi to attend
the swearing-in ceremony of the new Indian
cabinet, also met Modi for bilateral
That included one with Pakistan's Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif, who said he had an "excellent"
meeting with Modi.
"I had an excellent meeting", Sharif told CNN-IBN
"We are positive. (I look) forward to a positive
Sharif also wished the Modi
"all the best".
Bangladesh diplomats in the Indian capital said
the Speaker stressed on the importance of the
Teesta water-sharing treaty that Modi's
predecessor Manmohan Singh wanted to sign but
could not because of stiff opposition from West
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
She also brought the Land Boundary Agreement
already signed between the two countries but
which is yet to be formalised.
Indian Ministry of External Affairs sources say
that will not be easy for Modi either.
But BJP sources say the new prime minister
appears keen to go ahead, by possibly placating
Banerjee with a special financial package to
revive her state's cash-strapped economy and by
getting Sikkim state government to release
enough waters on the Teesta's upper reaches for
Bengal and Bangladesh.
India is quite keen to take forward the regional
power grid to allow Bangladesh draw power from
Indian states and also buy power from Nepal and
Bhutan through transmission lines in India.
"That solves Bangladesh's power needs and cuts
down its dependence on rental power plants which
produce expensive power," said a senior MEA
Both India and Bangladesh are keen to develop
all round connectivity and Modi is very keen on
Hasina will be made to answer, says Khaleda
chief sounded the warning while addressing the
relatives of two missing party leaders of
Comilla at her Gulshan office on Tuesday night.
“Those who have carried out forced
disappearances and killings in the country will
be brought to justice someday. No matter how
powerful, they will have to answer.
Hasina will not be spared. She will have to cry
one day,” Khaleda said.
Families of former BNP MP of Comilla’s Laksam
constituency Saiful Islam Hiru and Laksam
municipal BNP presidentHumayun Kabir saw Khaleda.
Thefamilies claim RAB whisked the two leaders
away on Nov 17 last year.
They have been unaccounted-for since and the
relatives have sued RAB.
The BNP alleges more than 300 leaders and
activists of the party have either been murdered
orforced to disappear in the past one year.
further claims the Hasina government ‘used’ RAB
to perpetrate these crimes and has called for
disbanding the elite police unit.
Khaleda referred to the alleged ties of RAB
officers to the seven murders in Narayanganj and
said, “The three RAB officers involved with the
crimes should have been court-martialled.
the government did not do that. They were not
even discharged, only forcibly retired. That’s
because one of those men, Tarek Sayeed, is the
relative of a minister,” she said.
RAB-11 commander Tarek Sayeed Mohammad, charged
in the seven murders, has also been accused in
Hiru and Humayun’s abduction cases.
explained why she wanted RAB, which was formed
by her government, to be disbanded.
“We formed RAB to tackle crime and terrorism.
Now they are being used as a political tool.”
“The law says to catch criminals and turn them
over for justice. But RAB is catching opposition
activists and murdering them. This institution
is a terror for the public,” she said.
Hiru’s and Humayun’s family broke down in tears
while speaking to Khaleda.
“How many more people will be killed? How many
families will we console?” Khaleda said.
“I am always by your side. One day justice will
be done. Have patience and pray to Allah,” she
told the families.
The BNP chief said the present government was
‘illegal’ and her party would soon launch a
movement to unseat the government and bring
peace to the country.
Senior BNP leaders including acting Secretary
General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir were present
with the chairperson.
Dhaka, Tokyo forge new partnership
“comprehensive partnership” was launched during
a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina and her counterpart Shinzo Abe in
Tokyo on Monday.
Hasina is currently in Japan on her first
bilateral visit to any country after assuming
office in January for the second successive
The two prime ministers launched the
“Japan-Bangladesh comprehensive partnership”,
which had been discussed during the Japanese
foreign minister’s Dhaka visit in March, the
statement issued after the talks said.
They decided to detail the modalities “at the
Japan, which recognised Bangladesh soon after
independence, is the country's biggest bilateral
So far, it has provided $ 11 billion as
assistance, mostly by way of grants.
During Monday's meeting, Abe pledged to provide
nearly $ 6 billion in additional assistance for
the next four to five years starting this year.
Both the heads of government affirmed their
commitment to further strengthen bilateral
cooperation “by elevating the friendly
relationship to a new partnership”.
They looked forward to working closely to attain
global peace and stability.
They agreed that they would strengthen
dialogue so as to deepen cooperation in an
evolving global security environment.
The two countries also endorsed the launch of
the bilateral Foreign-Secretary-level dialogue
and hoped to deepen bilateral policy dialogue
Hasina welcomed Japan’s increasing efforts to
contribute actively to securing regional and
global peace, stability and prosperity.
She expressed her support and appreciation for
Japan’s policy of “Proactive Contribution to
Peace” based on the principle of
Prime Minister Abe conveyed his deep
appreciation for the expression of support.
Abe apprised Hasina of the situation in the
South China Sea on which China and Japan are at
Hasina and Abe underscored the importance of
freedom of navigation and shared the view that
international disputes and issues should be
They also stressed that all concerned countries
should abide by
and globally agreed norms and practices.
The two prime ministers also underscored the
importance of the freedom of over-flight over
the high seas and civil aviation safety, in
accordance with the principles of international
law and the relevant standards and recommended
practices of the International Civil Aviation
They affirmed the importance of integrated
approaches to protection, promotion and
development of marine natural resources and all
marine sectors in the adjoining oceans and seas,
in accordance with international law.
The two shared the intention to deepen
cooperation on creating sustainable
for the benefit of the peoples from the
perspectives of ocean-based economy, including
through sustainable fisheries and exploration
and development of marine resources, renewable
energy, oceanographic research, shipping and
Hasina invited Japan at the Expert Group Meeting
on Blue Economy scheduled in Dhaka this
Abe praised Bangladesh’s contribution to
peacekeeping and peace-building efforts.
The two prime ministers affirmed that bilateral
and multilateral cooperation in this field would
Abe also expressed his eagerness to share
Japan’s experience, and sending experts to
establish a Peace Building Center in Bangladesh.
He offered assistance to strengthen cooperation,
particularly in the field of peacekeeping and
They agreed on the need for early United Nations
Security Council reforms to reflect
Hasina reaffirmed Bangladesh’s support for
Japan’s aspiration for permanent membership of
the Security Council.
The two prime ministers shared the international
community's concern over North Korea’s continued
nuclear and missile development programmes,
including ballistic missile launches in March
They strongly urged North Korea to fully comply
with its obligations under all the relevant
United Nations Security Council Resolutions and
its commitments under the 2005 Six-Party Talks
Both leaders agreed on expanding economic
cooperation in promoting mutual interest and
Hasina said she looked forwards Japanese
cooperation in specific projects such as the
construction of the Ganges Barrage, multi-modal
tunnel under river Jamuna, a dedicated Railway
Bridge on the river Jamuna, multi-modal Dhaka
Eastern Bypass, and the ecological restoration
of four rivers around Dhaka.
She welcomedAbe's proposal of sending a mission
to identify and discuss with the Bangladeshi
side details of economic cooperation.
They agreed to closely collaborate and cooperate
in project formulation and implementation.
Prime Minister Hasina sought Japan’s help in the
field of nuclear safety and security.
In this regard, the two leaders decided to start
a dialogue between experts on the peaceful and
safe uses of nuclear energy in Bangladesh.
Hasina hoped Japan would consider cooperating
with Bangladesh on a nuclear power plant project
They two leaders also stressed collaboration in
the medical sector.
They noted that an introduction of Japan’s
high-level medical expertise would contribute
greatly to the development of Bangladesh's
medical and health sectors.
Abe and Hasina welcomed the initiative to
dispatch medical inspection mission from
Bangladesh to Japan this August.
They also welcomed the cooperation between
medical professionals of both countries, such as
a plan to build a hospital introducing Japanese
medical technologies, and the establishment of
centre in Bangladesh.