Indian visa regime asked to liberalize

Bangladesh on Thursday stressed the need for liberalised Indian visa regime during a meeting between its Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque and his Indian counterpart Sujatha Singh as they discussed key bilateral issues including long-pending Teesta water-sharing agreement.

“All bilateral issues – trade and investment opportunities between the two countries, border management, security, water issues and need for improved connectivity  in the regional context were discussed,” official sources said here said.

passport-bd-indiaHaque, who is here on a three-day official visit, has already expressed concern over the drastic fall of Teesta river water flow to Bangladesh during his meeting with Water Resources Secretary Alok Rawat yesterday.

Teesta remains a contentious issue of India-Bangladesh relationship as their governments failed to ink a deal on sharing its water mainly due to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s strong resistance. “There was an emphasis on facilitating easier people-to-people contacts,” the sources added.

In addition, issues of interest in international fora also came up for discussion which included exchange of views on the post-2015 development agenda, climate change and other matters which figured in the UN, the sources said.