B`desh media welcomes inking of `historic treaties` with India
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 18:56
Dhaka: Bangladeshi media on Tuesday gave prominent coverage to the inking of "historic treaties" between India and Bangladesh during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's landmark visit to New Delhi which they said would push the bilateral ties to a new plane.

Bangladesh promised not to allow its territory to be used for terror against India as they signed three agreements to jointly combat the menace while New Delhi announced a USD one-billion line of credit to Dhaka.

The significant Line of Credit offered by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during talks with his Bangladesh counterpart marked the highest one-time grant by India to any country.

Mainstream Bangladeshi newspapers carried special editorials and analysis on the future course of Indo-Bangladesh ties.

The Janakantha newspaper carried a banner headline titled 'Historic Treaties' to describe the inking of the three agreements and two MoU between the two neighbours.

The Jugantor carried its lead report titled "Three agreements with India: Fruitful Hasina-Manmohan talks", a day after it headlined its main report, saying "Possibilities of changed course in relations".

The Daily Star expressed the hope that the visit would take bilateral ties "to a new plane".

It hoped the visit "will see a change in bilateral relations between our two countries that were marked by suspicion and acrimony".

The entire gamut of bilateral ties, with particular focus on terrorism, security, connectivity, trade and investment, border-related issues and sharing of water and power resources were covered at the wide-ranging talks between Singh and Hasina in new Delhi.

"We hope a new beginning will dawn that will reflect a shared attitude in which each country see to the welfare and good of the other and contribute to their mutual well being," the Daily Star said.

It was time for "layers of mutual suspicion and distrust created over time" to give way "to positive atmospherics for a dramatic healing of sore points, resolution of longstanding irritants?, the leading daily said yesterday in an editorial titled 'Expectations from Indo-Bangla summit: Taking the relationship on to a new plane'.

The rightwing New Nation newspaper focused on ecomomic gains from the Prime Minister's visit. It carried an editorial titled "Reducing trade imbalance".

Bilateral ties should be "repositioned on a more sound, sustainable, progressive and result-oriented platform than that at present" that should be "capable of meeting challenges and harnessing opportunities," it said in an article titled 'Bangla-Indo relations: Lowering expectations for magnifying gains'.

The New Age newspaper, which is perceived to be critical of the ruling Awami League, said 'Hasina seeks fair share of water, trade'.

The Samakal daily carried its lead report under a banner headline: 'Commitment for countering terrorism and economic development'. A front page analysis yesterday underlined that "A single visit can open up golden gate of possibilities".


First Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 18:56

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