New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held talks with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, who is on a four-day visit to India. The two leaders held extensive talks on an entire range of bilateral issues related to water, trade, economic ties, and regional and global issues, said Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra.
Following the meeting with Sheikh Hasina, PM Modi said, “In the last few years, our mutual cooperation has increased. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and I had discussion on various bilateral, regional and international issues.”
Prime Minister Modi emphasised on the need to strengthen the economies of India and Bangladesh, as he said, “We need to take lessons from Covid pandemic and recent global happenings and must strengthen our economy.”
Stressing on the importance of Bangladesh’s relations with India, PM Hasina said, “I appreciate Modi ji’s visionary leadership that continue to provide added momentum to our bilateral relations. India is the most important and closest neighbour of Bangladesh. India-Bangladesh bilateral relations are known to be role model for neighborhood diplomacy.”
“The two countries have resolved many outstanding issues and we hope that all outstanding issues, including Teesta water sharing treaty, would be concluded at an early date,” she said in a joint statement with the Indian Prime Minister.
Both PM Modi and Hasina stressed on the importance to continue the close security cooperation between the two nations in the fields of counter-terrorism, border management and cross-border crimes. They also agreed to further enhance the development partnership, including upgradation of railway infrastructure projects in Bangladesh, the Foreign Secretary said.
The Bangladesh Prime Minister is scheduled to call on President Draupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar later in the evening.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi welcomed Hasina at the Rashtrapati Bhawan forecourt in Delhi where she was accorded a tri-services guard of honour.
“Our main aim is to develop the economy and fulfill the basic needs of our people. With friendship you can solve any problem. So we always do that,” Hasina said.
Hasina also visited Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah in the national capital on Monday and is scheduled to travel to Ajmersharif on Thursday.
Bangladesh is now India’s biggest trade partner in South Asia and the bilateral trade has grown from USD 9 billion to USD 18 billion in the last five years. It has also become the fourth largest export destination for India with the exports registering a growth of over 66 per cent from USD 9.69 billion in 2020-21 to USD 16.15 billion in 2021-22.
(With PTI inputs)