PM leaves for home after two-day Bangladesh visit

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left here on Wednesday following his maiden visit to Bangladesh during which the two sides resolved a long-standing border problem.

Dhaka: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left
here on Wednesday following his maiden visit to Bangladesh during
which the two sides resolved a long-standing border problem.

Singh`s Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina saw him off
at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at around 6.10
pm local time.
The Indian leader was given a ceremonial guard of honour
by a smartly turned out contingent drawn from three services
of the Bangladeshi armed forces.

He inspected the guard of honour and took the state
salute.

During Prime Minister Singh`s visit here, India and
Bangladesh signed a historic agreement on demarcation of land
boundary and exchange of 162 adversely-held enclaves, but no
deal was inked on sharing of Teesta and Feni river waters.

Addressing a gathering of intellectuals at the Dhaka
University this morning, Singh said he has asked officials to
intensify efforts to find a "viable" formula to resolve the
water-sharing issue.
Singh also sought to assuage Bangladesh`s concerns on
bilateral trade imbalance and announced quota-free access to
Indian market for 46 Bangladeshi textile products for which he
had unveiled duty-free entry facility yesterday.

PTI

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