New Delhi: India and Bangladesh have decided to jointly fight against terrorist and fundamentalist forces that try to undermine mutual trust. Prime Minister Modi spoke at a joint media conference held at Hyderabad House after bilateral talks with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is on a visit to India. We have decided to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and fundamentalism. “We have come to an agreement to fight forces that try to undermine the ongoing mutual trust between the two countries to keep alive the spirit of 1971,” he said.
Modi explained that millions of people of both countries have been living for centuries depending on the 54 rivers that flow connecting the two countries. “Both countries have resolved many issues in the spirit of friendship and cooperation. I am hopeful that an agreement will be reached soon on all the major issues, including the distribution of Teesta river waters,” said PM Modi. It has been revealed that talks on the Comprehensive Trade Partnership Agreement (CEPA) with Bangladesh will begin soon. External Affairs Secretary Vinay Kwatra said that the two leaders had a full discussion on China’s increasing influence on Bangladesh.
Seven agreements were signed
After Modi and Hasina’s talks, the officials of the two countries signed 7 agreements related to railways, space technology, river water distribution and connectivity. These include the Kushiara River Waters Agreement. This will benefit Sylhet in Bangladesh and South Assam in India. This is the first river water agreement between the two countries after the Ganga Waters Agreement in 1996. Hasina is expressing concern over the ongoing dispute over the distribution of Teesta river water since 2011 with the objections of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.
India will provide training and IT solutions to the employees of Bangladesh Railways. India will provide construction materials and machinery to the Roads and Highways Department of the Government of Bangladesh. India will help in the track doubling work of the Khulna-Darshan rail line project and the conversion of the Parbatipur-Kaunia rail line into a double line. 1,320 MW supercritical coal-fired plant Maitri Unit-1 at Rampal, Khulna, 5.13 km Rupsha rail bridge of Khulna-Mongla port project was inaugurated.
Welcome to Sheikh Hasina
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Delhi on Monday afternoon for a four-day visit. Prime Minister Modi welcomed her at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday. On this occasion, President Draupadi Murmu said that cooperation and mutual trust are the basis of relations between the two countries. The main objective is to develop the economy and meet the basic needs of the people. We believe that any problem can be solved with the alliance,” said Hasina. Later, Hasina met Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhad and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. They went to Rajghat and offered flowers to Mahatma.
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