Amu attends Mamata’s swearing-in

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Dhaka, May 25: Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu will represent Bangladesh at West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s oath taking ceremony.

The Mamata Banerjee’s swearing-in will be held on Friday.

Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali confirmed Awami League leader’s participation to reporters at a press conference at the foreign ministry on Wednesday afternoon.

State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam and foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque were present.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and foreign minister Ali will be in Japan during Mamata’s oath-taking ceremony.

Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was invited to attend Mamata’s swearing-in function as West Bengal chief minister for a second term.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart are among the high-profile personalities invited to swearing-in ceremony.

Asked whether settling long-pending Teesta water-sharing deal will get complicated following Mamata’s second consecutive win, the foreign minister said there should have been positive thinking regarding the matter. “We want to see its settlement.”

Earlier, foreign minister Ali conveyed the heartiest congratulations on the consecutive second victory of the ruling Trinamool Congress in the recently held West Bengal Bidhan Sabha elections.

“This is an apt recognition of your pro-poor and pro-development policies, and your dedication for betterment of the people of West Bengal,” he said in a message to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

As the relationship expands in depth and dimension, the foreign minister said, “We’re confident that during your upcoming term, we would be able to further strengthen our relations.”