Dhaka: Bangladesh is "disappointed" over the
last-minute decision by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
Banerjee to drop out of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s
upcoming visit to the country.
"We will be disappointed if she does not come as she is a
great friend of Bangladesh and she has a great following in
this country and is a close friend of our Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina`s foreign affairs
adviser Gawher Rizvi said.
But he said Bangladesh was sure that she would visit the
country very soon and a very warm welcome awaits her.
The issue that has prompted her to scrap her planned visit
is an internal matter of India, he said.
"But we know that even if she is unable to come tomorrow,
she will visit Bangladesh very soon and a very warm welcome
awaits when she arrives," Rizvi said.
According to media reports Banerjee canceled her tour as
she is unhappy with Teesta water-sharing treaty to be signed
during Singh`s visit as there were differences between the
earlier drafts and the one that is going to be signed.
The reports said Banerjee was concerned about certain
portions of the draft agreement as she did not "want the deal
to harm her state`s interest in any way".
Banerjee, the reports said, also reasoned floods in her
state and upcoming Durga Puja for her not being able to fly
down to Dhaka along with four other chief ministers of Indian
states bordering Bangladesh.
"Mamata Banerjee`s concern is not directed at Bangladesh.
It is something between West Bengal and New Delhi," Rizvi