Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India: 22 bilateral agreements signed; Narendra Modi announces $500 million line of credit to Bangladesh; Highlights

Rini Sharma
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held delegation level talks at the Hyderabad House on Saturday.

New Delhi, Apr 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held delegation level talks at the Hyderabad House on Saturday. The two leaders witnessed the exchange of 4 agreements/MoUs out of 22 signed in a wide range of bilateral relations and released the Hindi version of Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s autobiography – The Unfinished Memoirs.

While briefing the media about the meeting, PM Modi said that India has always thought about the development of Bangladesh. He also announced a $5 billion line of credit to Bangladesh for military supplies. While crediting decisive leadership of Sheikh Hasina for achievements of India-Bangladesh partnership, the PM also announced that India will partner Bangladesh in goal of Power for all by 2021.

Claiming that connectivity is crucial for fruitful bilateral relations, PM Modi said that several bus and train links have been added in this regard. He also said that steps are being taken to put into operation the coastal shipping agreements. The prime minister also said that the country looks forward to enhance the commercial engagement between both the countries. The PM also lauded Bangaldesh for its zero tolerance policy towards terrorism while terming it as an inspiration.

Speaking further, the PM also annouced the inauguration of Kolkata-Khulna-Dhaka Bus service from Kolkata while asserting that it will boost the trade and tourism between the two countries. The Prime Minister also asserted that peace, security and development are the central to engagement between both the nations.

On the other hand, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina briefed about the meeting and termed it as productive.