No visa for birds, air, water says Modi, leaves Dhaka

No visa for birds, air, water says Modi, leaves Dhaka

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left Dhaka for home after wrapping up his two-day state visit to Bangladesh.
The Indian Prime Minister paid his maiden visit to Bangladesh from June 6-7 after his swearing-in as the 15th prime minister of India on May 26, 2014. The visit took place at the invitation of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
A special Indian Air Force jet “Rajdoot” carrying Narendra Modi and members of his entourage departed Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here at 8.54 pm.Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina saw off her Indian counterpart at the VVIP Tarmac of the airport. She presented a bouquet to the Indian Prime Minister before the latter boarded the jet.
Earlier, the Indian Prime Minister was given a static guard by a smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army. The Bangladesh Prime Minister introduced her cabinet colleagues and other dignitaries to Narendra Modi at the presentation line.
Meanwhile, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reasserted his positive notion about working together with Bangladesh in resolving the Teesta water-sharing deal saying that the efforts should be continued keeping the trust unbroken and said that no visa is needed for birds, air and water.
“I believe and I think there shouldn’t be any visa for birds, air and water. For this, water can’t be a political matter rather should be based on human values. We’ll have to solve it (Teesta) based on human values and we’ll work together in this regard,” he said.
Modi said this while delivering his public speech at a function held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC) in the evening.
”I’m giving you such conviction and I also believe this. Efforts should continue and the trust shouldn’t be broken. We’ll work staying united,” he told his audience during his 63-minute speech.
He said discussions must continue on Teesta since both the countries have gone through Ganga and Brahmaputra.
The Indian Prime Minister said Bangladesh and India are not just ‘pach pach’ (close to each other) but also ‘saath saath’ (together) saying his yatra is not alone but together.
Modi said he feels actually the yatra (in ties) has just begun though the two days’ tour ended with his speech.
He also said not just Asia but the entire world will conduct a detailed postmortem on India-Bangladesh ties following his visit.
Describing his visit shortly he said, “In one sentence I’ll describe the ties, people will think that we are ‘pach pach’ but now the world will have to accept that we are not just ‘pach pach but ‘saath saath’,” he said to a loud applause from the audience.
Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique delivered welcome address at the event hosted by the University. The function formally began with the singing of national anthems of both the countries.
Referring to the LBA ratification, Modi said the ratification is not only a solution to the land dispute or demarcation of land stretching 2-4 kilometers in either way, “It’s not such understanding, rather it’s such an agreement which connects minds.”
At the very beginning of his 63-minute speech, the Indian Prime Minister, told his audience in Bengali ‘Kemon Acho….Amra Tomar Sathe Achi Amra Tomader sathe Niye Cholbo’ (Translating: How’re you? We’re with you….we’ll move ahead taking you with us).
About the thoughts and possible criticisms by many about his two-day tour, Modi said in one sentence that many had earlier thought Bangladesh and India are staying close, “But, now the whole world must acknowledge that we not only remain close, but are also together.”
Highly praising the continued journey of Bangladesh towards progress, Modi said Bangladesh has attained spectacular achievements in various fields despite various crises, ups and downs and struggles time and again.
Referring to his talks with a Chinese official regarding Bangladesh’s RMG sector as it is holding the second position in the world, the Indian Prime Minister said Bangladesh deserves appreciation for such feat.
Over the border killing issue which often triggers tensions, he said often innocent people die in firing which is a matter of sorrow and sadness no matter from which sides the firing comes. “We’ll fight together and discharge our own responsibility so that those who want to create tensions don’t get strength.”
Extending his felicitation to his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina for her zero tolerance for terrorism, Modi said there is the border for terrorism. “Terrorism is the enemy of people…we’ll have to fight against it.”
Observing that his maiden visit to Bangladesh would remain as a memorable one for him, the Indian Prime Minister expressed his desire to visit Bangladesh again and quoted some lines from poet Jibanananda Das’ poem, ‘Abar Asibo’.
Earlier, on his arrival at the BICC, the Indian Prime Minister was received by DU VC AAMS Arefin Siddique and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pankaj Saran. – UNB

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