Hope For Resolution By 2026: Foreign Min On Teesta Water Sharing

Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud || Photo: Collected

Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud || Photo: Collected

In a briefing organized by the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata yesterday (February 9), Dr. Hasan Mahmud, the Foreign Minister, expressed hopes that the ongoing crisis with neighboring India regarding the Teesta River water sharing could be resolved by 2026.

Dr. Mahmud stated that the issue primarily lies with the West Bengal state government rather than the Indian central government. Talks have been initiated, and there is optimism that a solution could be reached post-India's national elections. He also highlighted the existing Ganges Water Sharing Treaty until 2026 with India, expressing hope that a similar agreement could be reached for the Teesta.

Regarding discussions with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the Teesta agreement, Dr. Mahmud emphasized that it's an internal matter of India, and Bangladesh will engage with the central government for negotiations. The central government, in turn, will liaise with the state government for mutual understanding.

In response to another query, Dr. Mahmud clarified that there haven't been discussions about constructing barrages on the Bangladeshi side of the Teesta, but it's a matter under consideration.

It's noteworthy that at the time of the briefing in Kolkata, appointed officials including the Bangladeshi Deputy High Commissioner Andalib Elias were present alongside other members of the mission.

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