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Bangladesh, India sign framework cooperation agreement

(Xinhua)

09:13, September 07, 2011

DHAKA, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh and India on Tuesday signed the "Framework Cooperation Agreement for Development" along with a number of agreements, protocols and Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between the two South Asian neighbors.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed the agreement after one and a half-hour official talks here in Dhaka Tuesday afternoon.

The two sides also signed a protocol on land boundary agreement, a MoU on cooperation on renewable energy, overland transit facilities from Nepal through India to Bangladesh, conservation of the world largest mangrove forests Sundarbans and conservation of Royal Bengal Tigers.

They also signed MoUs on cooperation in the field of fisheries, between the Dhaka University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University, and between the state-owned Bangladesh Television and the state- run television Indian Doordarsha.

Bangladesh Institute of Fashion and Technology and Indian National Institute of Fashion and Development also signed a MoU for development of the textile sector.

However, the much-expected sharing of waters of the common river Teesta and protocol on the use of Bangladesh's Chittagong and Mongla seaports by India were not signed.

After the signing of the agreements and MoUs, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured continued efforts to reach a fair and acceptable position on sharing waters of the Teesta River.


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