Bangladesh signs almost two dozens agreements

Cheryl Sanders
April 13, 2017

At the event to honour the Indian martyrs, she said: "I am grateful to the government and people of India for their contribution to Bangladesh's War of Independence".

Under the Defence LoC pact, India will supply military hardware to Bangladesh.

On the Teesta water sharing issue pending between the two countries, Modi said he was hopeful of an "early and acceptable solution" with Bangladesh.

Stating that 1,661 Indian soldiers laid down their lives in the Bangladesh Liberation War, Modi said the Indian Army's struggle in this can not be forgotten.

Modi announced a Line of Credit of Rs 3,213.5 crore for Bangladesh's defence procurement and Rs 28,921 crore for projects in priority sectors.

Modi said that India always stood for the prosperity of Bangladesh and fruits of cooperation must reach to the people of the two countries.

India and Bangladesh also signed a financing agreement for the construction of 36 community clinics in Bangladesh.

Though the two sides made a decision to take their ties to a newer level, they could not finalise the long-pending Teesta water-sharing agreement, primarily due to opposition to it by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who was present during launch of new train and bus services between the two countries.

Abul Hashem, a truck Driver from Bangladesh said, "Connectivity will improve between the two countries and there will be development".

Ignoring Indian Army's cruel and coercive role in the Indian-held Kashmir (IHK), Narendra Modi spoke in New Delhi in the presence of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Modi visited Bangladesh on June 6-7, 2015 and issued a joint declaration with Hasina, launching a new beginning - "Notun Projonmo, Nayi Disha".

Modi said India greatly admired Hasina's stance towards fighting terrorism.

On the trade and investment front, the two leaders noted that during the course of Sheikh Hasina's visit, the private sectors of the two nations would sign agreements that would result in investment of more than $9 billion in Bangladesh.

"The pact also includes training of Bangladeshi personnel by our Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB)", said a senior government official. "I believe we shall be able to get India's support in resolving these issues expeditiously", said Hasina.

The Bangladesh Prime Minister arrived here on Friday on a four-day visit to India.

'The entire South Asia region will be a beneficiary of our friendly relations and cooperation'. What he meant was to request Modi and Hasina to come down from a raised platform and release a Hindi translation of unfinished memoirs of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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