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Bangladesh's Prime Minister Hasina defends her accords with India


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday reiterated her stand that the opposition should come to the Jatiya Sangsad and speak on all issues including her visit to India.
"They should put national interests above party interests and put across their views and demands etc on the floor of Parliament, not outside the House," she said.

Addressing a press conference at the entrance of the International Conference Centre (ICC) of prime minister's office under the open sky, the prime minister spoke on her visit to India and reiterated that it was a total success as it held aloft the national interests of Bangladesh in bilateral deal with India as never before.

Sheikh Hasina said that the deals would not only enhance Bangladesh's connectivity with India but also with other countries of the region for which the country would reap economic benefits.
Flanked by central leaders of the Awami League and leaders of the alliance partners in the government, the prime minister strongly defended the outcome of her India tour saying that there were achievements in Bangla-Indo ties in the areas of trade, connectivity, power and water sharing on her maiden visit to India since assuming power in January 6 last year.

Hasina said her India visit was held in the perspective of creating an environment of cooperation with the neighbours for socio-economic development upholding independence and sovereignty in accordance with the country's foreign policy.
India has agreed to export 250 megawatt of electricity to Bangladesh, the prime minister added.
She said at the ministerial-level and official-level talks, both the neighbours were unanimous on finding the ways and means to resolve the longstanding and unresolved issues.
The prime minister said that during her India visit, three agreements on security and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in power and cultural sectors and an exchange programme between the two countries were signed.

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