NEW DELHI, Jan 22 � Notwithstanding the stiff resistance from the Opposition, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has reiterated the Centre�s commitment to pass the Land Boundary Agreement during the ensuing extended Winter Session.
The assurance was given to the visiting Commerce Minister Tufail Ahmed, who is the first minister to visit Delhi after a new government took over in Bangladesh. The visiting Bangladesh Commerce Minister has called on the President Pranab Mukherjee, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon, among others.
According to sources, the Prime Minister assured that the India was committed to pass the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA). The ruling UPA-II just about managed to table the Constitution 119th Amendment Bill in the Rajya Sabha amidst stiff resistance from the Opposition parties.
Meanwhile, Tufail Ahmed told newsmen that the Bangladesh government has proposed to open two trade offices � in Guwahati and Siliguri � to facilitate trade between the North East and Bangladesh.
Further, he announced setting up of two new border haats in Tripura and Mizoram.