BEI President Farooq Sobhan spoke at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC on on “India-Bangladesh Relations in the Wake of Modi’s visit’

Date: 29 June 2015

Relations between India and Bangladesh have improved considerably in the past few months. The long-awaited Land Boundary Agreement signed by Manmohan Singh in 2010 has finally been ratified. Indian Prime Minister Modi’s recent visit to Dhaka was undoubtedly a success, and was perceived as such across the entire political spectrum, even in the deeply divided Bangladeshi polity. While Modi’s visit has ignited a sense of optimism about Bangladesh-India bilateral relations, tensions persist. The Teesta water sharing agreement is still to be ratified and remains a source of mistrust between the two countries, while some agreements signed during the visit remain contingent upon progress made in the infrastructure sectors of both countries. In the wake of Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Dhaka, BEI President and former Bangladeshi foreign secretary Farooq Sobhan spoke about the future of the bilateral relationship of the two neighbouring countries.