PM Narendra Modi went to the Delhi airport to receive his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, who is on her first bilateral visit to India in her current term as prime minister of the neighbouring country.
PM Modi travelled from his Lok Kalyan Marg residence in central Delhi to the airport some 10 km away in normal traffic. There were no route restrictions, news agency ANI reported.
The latest developments:
- Hasina is on a four-day visit to India, during which at least 25 bilateral agreements including some in key areas of civil nuclear cooperation and defence will be signed between India and Bangladesh.
- However, the long-pending pact on Teesta water sharing is unlikely to be inked during the visit.
- "The upcoming visit is expected to further expand the cordial and cooperative relationship between India and Bangladesh and build on the strong ties of friendship and trust between the two leaders," a joint statement issued by the two countries said earlier.
- Hasina will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee and meet opposition leader Sonia Gandhi. She will visit Ajmer on Sunday and will meet Indian business leaders on Monday.
- She will also join a function at Manekshaw Centre to honour Indian Armed Forces members who embraced martyrdom in Bangladesh's War of Liberation in 1971.
- It is learnt that the central government will not go ahead with the agreement on Teesta water without taking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on board. Banerjee has been opposing it stridently citing water crisis in West Bengal.
- Mamata has accepted an invitation by the government to attend the launch of some projects between the two countries as well a lunch to be hosted in honour of Hasina by Modi. The issue of Teesta is likely to figure during Banerjee's interaction with Hasina.
- During Hasina's four-day visit, which comes after a gap of seven years, the Bangladeshi leader will hold wide-ranging talks with Narendra Modi on Saturday.
- Issues like combating terrorism, containing radicalism and enhancing security cooperation between the two countries are likely to figure prominently besides stalemate over the Teesta pact during talks between Modi and Hasina.
- India is set to announce a credit line of USD 500 million to Bangladesh for military supplies.
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ANI (@ANI_news) April 7, 2017