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India, Bangladesh ink deals to boost cooperation

India, Bangladesh ink deals to boost cooperation

The two sides also signed an agreement on civil nuclear cooperation under which India will help Bangladesh develop its civilian nuclear program.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today acknowledged the Teesta issue to have drawn "greatest attention" in regard to bilateral relations and expressed his "firm belief" that it would find an early solution.

However, much-delayed pact on the Teesta water sharing remained elusive for the two sides.

Both the countries also agreed on a financing agreement for the construction of 36 community clinics in Bangladesh apart from signing a pact on extending a third Line of Credit (LoC) by India to Bangladesh.

The joint statement said Modi and Hasina also expressed their shared commitment to promote regional cooperation, particularly in the areas of trade, transportation, connectivity, energy and counter-terrorism within the BIMSTEC framework.

Later, briefing the media, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said that the $4.5-billion credit line is one of the biggest credit lines ever offered by India to any country.




In 2015, Modi signed a historic land border pact with Dhaka, removing a major irritant and infusing a new warmth between the two countries that share a 4,097 kilometre-long porous border.

Minutes earlier, India's chief of protocol, Sanjay Verma, had got too literal while asking the two Prime Ministers to descend from their dais to virtually flag off the new trains with Mamata.

He made the comments as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina felicitated Indian heroes of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War against Pakistan and recalled their sacrifices at a special event here. Bangladesh's purchase of two submarines from China past year deepened those concerns in India.

This is the Bangladesh Prime Minister's first bilateral visit to India in seven years since her last visit in 2010.

Modi and Hasina also discussed the growing menace of militancy in the South Asian region. The Bangladesh PM met the families of all the soldiers who had lost their life fighting for Bangladesh's liberation. On Monday, she will join a reception to be hosted by India Foundation in her honour and attend a business meeting being organised by India's apex chambers of commerce.

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

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