Pranab Mukherjee to Bangladesh: Help India drive greater integration of South, S-E Asia
As India presses Bangladesh for the transit to connect its mainland to the northeastern Indian states to address their developmental and security concerns, Mukherjee stressed on transit in the larger context of this country's geographical location.
He said that Bangladesh can act as a bridge between South and South East Asia.
"Apart from the potential of its resources on land and sea, the geographical location of Bangladesh is an advantage that must be fully explored and exploited", Mukherjee said in his speech after receiving an honorary law degree from Dhaka University at a special convocation here this afternoon.
He said, "Bangladesh lies at the cross-roads of South and South-East Asia. ...Bangladesh has once again taken the leadership in moving towards sub-regional cooperation".
"This will lead to practical results in terms of better water management, more electricity and grid connectivity, more trade and more cross-country movement of goods and people," Mukherjee said.
"India and Bangladesh can lead the way towards greater integration within our region and beyond in South East Asia", he said.
The President expressed the hope that an early agreement between India and Bangladesh on the sharing of Teesta waters would be worked out as "sharing of the waters of common rivers is a "high priority for us".
He also said the Indian government proposes to introduce a constitutional amendment Bill in Parliament to