Khaleda Zia wants all deals with India made public

Last Updated: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 18:50

Dhaka: Bangladesh`s main opposition BNP chief
and ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Friday said her party wanted
all deals with India, including the proposed transit
agreement, be made public to enhance mutual trust between the
two countries.

"Discussions on outstanding bilateral issues, including
transit, will remove the deficit of trust between the two
neighbours," a party spokesman quoted Zia as saying, as
External Affairs Minister SM Krishna called on her at the fag
end of his three-day Bangladesh tour.

Briefing newsmen after the 35-minute Krishna-Zia talks,
BNP Vice President and former Foreign Secretary Shamsher Mobin
Chowdhury said Zia stressed on "continued dialogue" between
the two countries on outstanding bilateral issues for mutual

Asked if the transit issue was discussed during the
meeting, Chowdhury said it was not an issue which was
discussed in details, but Zia told Krishna that any proposed
deal, including transit agreement, should be made public.

Krishna, Mobin said, advised Zia to raise the issue with
Bangladesh government for elaborate discussions.

Transit through Bangladesh, for India in particular,
remained contentious issue as BNP and its rightwing allies
were opposed to the facility for "security and economic

They feared the facility could prompt India to transport
military hardware to its northeastern states.

But, earlier delivering a talk at the Bangladesh
Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS),
Krishna said India wanted to use transit through Bangladeshi
territories for "peaceful purposes" alone and added that New
Delhi had no intention to use it for weapon and military


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First Published: Friday, July 8, 2011 - 18:50

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