India and Bangladesh sign MoU on Nalanda University

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India-FmBangladesh on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India to cooperate on the historic Nalanda University project.
The memorandum has been signed following a Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting between Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Bangladesh counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali here in New Delhi.

“Following the conclusion of the joint commission meeting the External Affairs Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs for Bangladesh witnessed a signing of a MoU between Bangladesh and India on the Nalanda University and co-operation on that,” said India’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

Bangladesh is the first country outside the East Asia Summit process, which has signed the Nalanda University MoU.

“This is a good development that following that inauguration yesterday (Friday), the first non-East Asia Summit country to support this process has joined today and we are grateful to Bangladesh for that,” Akbaruddin said.

India’s Foreign Minister Swaraj on Friday inaugurated the ancient Nalanda University, which once attracted students from across the world, at Rajgir in Bihar.

“Nalanda University was deeply etched in history and like in ancient times would serve as a magnet to attract students from across the globe,” Swaraj has said on Friday.

Swaraj said that during her recent visit to Bangladesh she found people there were interested in it (Nalanda University).

Both the sides discussed on various mutual co-operations.

India has also offered Bangladesh expertise on the civil nuclear sector as well as in outer space and “will now await for specific assistance proposal from the Bangladeshi side”.

Although both the sides specifically discussed about the contentious Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) and Teesta Water sharing issue, there was no fruitful outcome.

“Water was a sensitive issue that needs to be addressed in a manner which was fair, equitable, and none of the party was negatively impacted. The government was committed to give it ‘due attention’,” Akbaruddin said.

Referring to the LBA, Akbaruddin said that the matter has been referred to the new members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee and due process will be followed.

“The Ministers noted that the ratification process following the signing of the Protocol to the Land Boundary Agreement, 1974 was underway. The Protocol is expected to pave the way for resolution of pending boundary related issues,” a joint statement issued after the JCC meeting said.Bangladesh on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India to cooperate on the historic Nalanda University project.

The memorandum has been signed following a Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting between Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Bangladesh counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali here in New Delhi.

“Following the conclusion of the joint commission meeting the External Affairs Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs for Bangladesh witnessed a signing of a MoU between Bangladesh and India on the Nalanda University and co-operation on that,” said India’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

Bangladesh is the first country outside the East Asia Summit process, which has signed the Nalanda University MoU.

“This is a good development that following that inauguration yesterday (Friday), the first non-East Asia Summit country to support this process has joined today and we are grateful to Bangladesh for that,” Akbaruddin said.

India’s Foreign Minister Swaraj on Friday inaugurated the ancient Nalanda University, which once attracted students from across the world, at Rajgir in Bihar.

“Nalanda University was deeply etched in history and like in ancient times would serve as a magnet to attract students from across the globe,” Swaraj has said on Friday.

Swaraj said that during her recent visit to Bangladesh she found people there were interested in it (Nalanda University).

Both the sides discussed on various mutual co-operations.

India has also offered Bangladesh expertise on the civil nuclear sector as well as in outer space and “will now await for specific assistance proposal from the Bangladeshi side”.

Although both the sides specifically discussed about the contentious Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) and Teesta Water sharing issue, there was no fruitful outcome.

“Water was a sensitive issue that needs to be addressed in a manner which was fair, equitable, and none of the party was negatively impacted. The government was committed to give it ‘due attention’,” Akbaruddin said.

Referring to the LBA, Akbaruddin said that the matter has been referred to the new members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee and due process will be followed.

“The Ministers noted that the ratification process following the signing of the Protocol to the Land Boundary Agreement, 1974 was underway. The Protocol is expected to pave the way for resolution of pending boundary related issues,” a joint statement issued after the JCC meeting said.

source: bdnews24

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