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Negotiations must settle issues between Bangladesh and India - Bangladesh President

M.A Qader-Reporting from Bangladesh

Dhaka, 21 July (Asiantribune.com): Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman on Monday said the unresolved issues between Bangladesh and India must be settled through bilateral negotiations.

Speaking at a convocation ceremony of a private university on Monday in Dhaka, Rahman who presided over the convocation of the University of Information Technology and Sciences (UIST), said, “We firmly believe that the unsolved issues between the two countries would be solved through dialogue and negotiations,”

Bangladesh and its biggest neighbor India have disputes on many issues with India, including sharing waters of 54 common rivers, construction of the Tipaimukh dam across the common river Barak in India, land border management, and sea boundary demarcation.

In the presence of former Indian president A P J Abdul Kalam, the Bangladesh President expressed gratitude to India for its generous supports during Bangladesh's war of independence from Pakistan in 1971.
"India is our trusted friend and next-door neighbor.

"We solemnly acknowledge the immense contribution made by India during the war of liberation in 1971," said Rahman, a freedom fighter.

Kalam, formerly a nuclear scientist credited with designing India's nuclear programme, presented his speech as the convocation speaker.

Rahman recognised the role of Kalam as President for bringing peace, prosperity and stability in South Asia.

Kalam, who early in his life, used to sell newspapers in village Rameswaram, said the education in the 21st century should be "borderless".

"One of the challenges for the developing countries is to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and utilize energy from sun and other renewable sources."

He added that the leadership must have visions to transform them into action.

Among others, the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s adviser on foreign affairs Gowher Rizvi and chairman of the UIST board of directors Mohamed Mizanur Rahman and UIST vice-chancellor Abdul Aziz also spoke the convocation.

-Asian Tribune-

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