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B'desh hopeful on India's assurance over Teesta water-sharing issue

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is hopeful over the assurance that was given by over the contentious dispute on the water-sharing issue of Teesta river, flowing on the India-border.

The Tribune quoted AK Abdul Momen, while briefing the media at the of the upon his return from on Saturday, as saying, "I am always hopeful. and have solved many big problems. Based on this hope we have developed a sense of confidence and sense of mutual trust. I believe in that. And, they have assured us and I very much believe in that."

"Not only Teesta; we have many rivers. Why are we only talking about this river. 54 (common) rivers are in our discussions. Slowly, we'll solve (issues related to) all of them. In terms of solution, we have advanced a lot. Time is passing, but it will be done. There is no cause for worry," he added.

The Foreign Minister, however, did not confirm any specific date for the Teesta agreement, stating that Bangladesh is only hopeful that the two neighbouring would successfully sign the deal very soon.

"I cannot give any date. We are only hoping," Momen said.

"We discussed all the common rivers, including Teesta, and we are hopeful," he told another questioner," the added.

Previously, the Teesta water agreement was slated to be inked between the two on September 6, 2011, during the visit of former Indian Manmohan Singh's visit to But the proposed deal was called off after repeated objections by Chief Minister

The water-sharing issue was once again discussed during Narendra Modi's visit to in June 2015. Modi had assured Shiekh Hasina of Bangladesh that the waters of the River would be shared while looking forward to achieving a quick resolution on the issue.

India and Bangladesh share 54 common streams with the Teesta being a major one and the water sharing dispute between the two neighbours is not something new.

The is a 309 km long river flowing through

It carves a way for itself through the verdant Himalayas in temperate and tropical river valleys and forms the border between and

The flow of the river is crucial for Bangladesh from December to March for that they require 50 per cent of the river's water supply.

While India claims a share of 55 per cent.

The dispute would take back to the time when Independent India was formed which reduced most of its northern rivers into 'shared water bodies.

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 06:04 IST