Kolkata: Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai
on Saturday held a meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with both being tight-lipped over what was discussed.
"I tell you it was a routine meeting," the chief
minister told reporters when asked if the Teesta water-sharing
treaty issue figured in the 30-minute talks.
The foreign secretary also refused comment when asked
if the Teesta river water treaty issue was discussed with the
chief minister, but said `regional cooperation` came up in
"The chief minister is kind enough to receive me. We
discussed all issues relating to some of our neighbouring
countries and the discussion was useful and fruitful",Mathai
The chief had earlier written a letter to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh saying that a large quantity of water
from the Farakka Barrage was flowing into Bangladesh because
of two damaged sluice gates and urged him to take action.
Mathai said he has here to attend the Bangladesh,
China, India and Myanmar (BCIM) meeting beginning on Monday
"which relates to better linkages between these four