Eastern Times, Dhaka, 27 March: India and Bangladesh Saturday signed five memorandum of understanding (MoUs) covering areas of bilateral cooperation to further enhance ties between the neighbouring countries.
In a bilateral meeting at prime minister Hasina’s office in Dhaka, Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina discussed the progress achieved in the areas of health, trade, connectivity, energy, development cooperation and many more issues.
They also inaugurated eight projects virtually. The projects are – renovated Kuthibari in Shilaidaha, Independence Road from Mujibnagar to Kolkata via Nadia of West Bengal, memorial tombs of the Indian martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the Liberation War in 1971, 109 ambulances gifted by India, trans-border passenger train on the Chilahati-Haldibari route, and two border haats.
In a tweet after the meeting, India’s External affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said India attaches the highest priority to Bangladesh under its Neighbourhood First Policy.
Narendra Modi reached at PMO for the meeting around 5:15pm today.
After the meeting, he went to the Bangabhaban to meet President Abdul Hamid.
Earlier in the day, Modi paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj on the occasion of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu and Golden Jubilee of the country’s Independence.
Sheikh Hasina along with Sheikh Rehana received Modi at the Bangabandhu Memorial Complex with a bouquet.
He also visited two mandirs, one in Satkhira and another in Gopalganj. Later he met the Matua community people in Orakandi, Kashiani Upazila in Gopalganj.
On Friday afternoon, Hasina and Modi vowed to move forward hand-in-hand during a celebration programme at National Parade Square in the capital.
While sharing a common podium with Sheikh Hasina, Narendra Modi said, “India and Bangladesh moving forward together is equally important for the development of the entire region.”
PM Hasina there said, “If we move forward hand-in-hand, the development of our people is inevitable.” She also urged India to play a leading role in building a stable and politically and economically vibrant South Asia.
Narendra Modi is now in Bangladesh on a two-day state visit to join the ongoing celebration of “Mujib Borsho”, the centenary of birth of Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman that coincides with the country’s 50th anniversary of independence.