Bangladesh's Foreign Minister announced that Bangladesh and India have reached an agreement to utilize non-lethal weapons to reduce the incidence of border killings between the two nations.
During a press briefing, Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud disclosed that discussions on border killings took place during his recent visit to New Delhi. He stated that both nations have agreed to employ non-lethal weapons as a means to mitigate the occurrences of such incidents. Mahmud also mentioned addressing the Teesta water-sharing issue during his discussions.
According to The Daily Star, the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister engaged in his inaugural bilateral meeting with Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal. Additionally, he paid a courtesy call to Indian President Droupadi Murmu.
Addressing the Teesta water-sharing issue, the Foreign Minister highlighted that its resolution lies with the state rather than the central government, indicating that deliberation on the matter would occur after the national elections scheduled for April-May.
According to an ANI news report, Hasan Mahmud, during his meeting with Indian Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, requested India's assistance in ensuring the supply of essential commodities and enhancing trade and commerce relations between the two countries.
During discussions with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Hasan Mahmud explored avenues for regional cooperation aimed at enhancing regional security and fostering greater stability in the region and beyond.
Addressing a press conference on Bangladesh-India ties, Mahmud highlighted the strengthened and diversified relationship between the two nations under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Modi, which has resulted in economic and social benefits for the people of the region.
In highlighting the advancement of the relationship, he remarked, "Our relationship has reached unprecedented levels. Concepts discussed 10-15 years ago have now materialized into realities, and political issues that were once subjects of debate are now tangible realities."
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