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India, Bangladesh vow to fight terror in all forms

Stressing that their soil will not be allowed for any activity inimical to the other, India and Bangladesh on Wednesday said they will not compromise against terrorism of any form, including insurgency.



Dhaka: Stressing that their soil will not be
allowed for any activity inimical to the other, India and
Bangladesh on Wednesday said they will not compromise against
terrorism of any form, including insurgency.

Describing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s maiden visit
here and signing of "historic" documents as a "watershed" in
the bilateral ties, a joint statement today focussed on a
number of issues especially those relating to terrorism,
insurgency, boundary disputes, trade and river water,
including Teesta, over which West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee had cancelled her proposed trip.
"The Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction at the level
of cooperation between the two countries on security related
issues and reaffirmed their unequivocal and uncompromising
position against terrorism in all its forms and
manifestations, including insurgency.

"They reiterated the assurance that their respective
territories would not be allowed for any activity inimical to
the other and by any quarter," the statement issued here said.

The two Prime Ministers (Singh and his counterpart Sheikh
Hasina) underscored the need to conclude an Extradition Treaty
between the two countries expeditiously to complete the legal
framework for bilateral security cooperation.

They also expressed satisfaction that the Agreement on
Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters, Agreement on the
Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Agreement on Combating
International Terrorism, Organised Crime and Illicit Drug
Trafficking, signed in January 2010, were now in force
following their ratification.

The two prime ministers welcomed progress on the
principles and modalities of interim agreements on sharing of
waters of Teesta and Feni Rivers on fair and equitable basis.
"They directed the concerned officials to work towards
concluding the agreements at the earliest," the statement
said.

The two countries expressed deep satisfaction at the
conclusion of the Protocol to the 1974 Land Boundary Agreement
which paves the way for settlement of the long pending land
boundary issues including the undemarcated areas, territories
under adverse possession and exchange of enclaves.
"The historic agreement, which is based on ground
realities, would further contribute to amity and harmony in
border areas and create a conducive environment for enhanced
bilateral cooperation," it said.

Both Singh and Hasina also expressed satisfaction at the
signing of strip maps.

They resolved to complete the ratification process and
implement the agreement expeditiously.

Besides signing of the historic Protocol to the Agreement
Concerning the Demarcation of the Land Boundary between India
and Bangladesh and Related Matters, the two sides also signed
Framework Agreement on Cooperation for Development besides
others.

The joint statement contained Singh`s announcement of
grant to Bangladesh for several cooperation and developmental
projects and other initiatives, including construction of an
India-Bangladesh Culture Centre in Dhaka, proposed feasibility
study for upgradation of Dhaka-Chittagong railway line, new
Indian scholarships to 100 students at graduate and post-
graduate levels and setting up of an IT Lab in a model school
in each of the 64 districts in Bangladesh.

The two sides welcomed the signing of the MoU for
cooperation in the Renewable Energy sector between the two
countries, noting that cooperation in this sector was
essential to meet the growing energy demands of the two
countries and to supplement the conventional sources.

PTI

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