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Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday assured Bangladesh of help in resolving the Rohingya issue at the earliest.
Jaitley came up with the assurance when Bangladesh Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal met him at his office in New Delhi, said a Planning Ministry press release, reports BSS.
Kamal was attending the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention arranged by the government of India in New Delhi.
During the meeting, Mustafa Kamal urged the Indian Finance Minister to extend support towards Bangladesh to contain the Rohingya influx from Myanmar and ensure safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their country Myanmar. Jaitley lauded highly the recent massive advancement and progress of Bangladesh achieved by the present Awami League government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in different socioeconomic fields.
Listing several index where Bangladesh is advancing fast, especially, the economic growth of 7.86 percent and life expectancy of 72 years, Jaitley mentioned about the present cross-border connectivity development between India and Bangladesh, especially the road and rail connectivity.
He also lauded the planned development which the present Bangladesh government has been pursuing side by side the present success of Bangladesh in cricket. “Bangladesh needs to focus on connectivity and institutional development to have a leap in the development areas.”
AHM Mustafa Kamal said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pursues a policy to build multifaceted relations with India, driven by genuine goodwill, trust, understanding and mutual respect.
He mentioned that Bangladesh attaches highest importance to its relations
with India.
Extending his thanks to Jaitley for supporting the planned development of Bangladesh by providing approvals on the projects to be financed under the Indian Line of Credit, Kamal mentioned that the economies of India and Bangladesh go hand in hand.
In response, Jaitley said that if Bangladesh and India are well connected through road and rail networks, then it will be beneficial for both the countries, as it will create opportunities economically for the people of the two countries. “Bangladesh is secured with its border with India, and no threat is possessed there,” he added.
The Planning Minister informed the Indian Finance Minister about the Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100, which envisaged the water sector to be developed for supporting Bangladesh for the next 50 to 100 years.
“Three things are most important for human being, firstly, air for breathing; secondly, water for life; and thirdly, agriculture for food security. Fresh and clean water are the major components for all these three areas,” he added.
Kamal said that more than 80 trans-border river and water bodies shared by different African nations have been taken into account for reserving water where they are immensely benefited out of those rivers.
In this regard, Kamal requested Jaitley to help Bangladesh take similar initiatives for the trans-boundary rivers and lakes to confront the future possible water shortages in Bangladesh. He informed that Bangladesh will start capital dredging in the major rivers where Bangladesh needs active support from India, in terms of financing and also ensuring dredging in the
upstream of the rivers in Indian side.
In response, Jaitley assured Kamal that India would stand beside Bangladesh in ensuring shared water bodies to be dredged on both sides.