Modi compares Indo-Bangla Land Boundary Agreement with Berlin Wall collapse

Dhaka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday compared the Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh with the collapse of Berlin Wall.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi

“Some writer had written it, I couldn’t read it entirely but I saw the headline, he has compared the land boundary agreement between India and Bangladesh with collapse of Land Boundary Agreement. I think it is his big thought,” PM Modi said while addressing a gathering at Dhaka University.

Modi assured Bangladesh that his Central Government, along with the support of states, would reach to a solution on the contentious issues concerning Teesta River that runs through both nations.

“Water is not a political issue it has to be addressed as a humanitarian issue. I am confident that we together will resolve the issue on the basis of human values. I assure you that we will find a way out,” added Modi.

The 106 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh and 92 Bangladeshi enclaves in India are tiny islands of foreign territory established by a 1974 treaty in each country.

Under the new agreement , the neighbours will take over most of the enclaves on its territory and residents will have the right to stay where they are or move to the other side of the border.

The two countries are also looking to boost trade and security along the border and fight human trafficking.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi left for India from Dhaka after concluding his two-day visit to Bangladesh.

The two Prime Ministers also flagged off two transboundary buses linking Guwahati to Dhaka via Shillong and Kolkata to Tripura via Dhaka.

Prime Minister Modi and Sheikh Hasina exchanged instruments of ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) settling the 41-year-old land boundary dispute on Saturday.