India, Bangladesh sign 22 pacts during PM Hasina visit

Violet Powell
April 9, 2017

"The visit is expected to further expand the cordial and cooperative relationship between India and Bangladesh and build on the strong ties of friendship and trust between the two leaders", a joint statement issued earlier by the two countries said.

India and Bangladesh concluded 36 documents, including 22 pacts, MoUs and agreements in key areas like civil nuclear cooperation.

"We are happy to announce a concessional line of credit of $4.5 billion for investment in priority sectors in Bangladesh", Modi said at a joint address with Hasina at Hyderabad House.

"We discussed the issues of water resources management including the sharing of water of common rivers, including Teesta, the Padma-Ganga barrage project and basin management of the common rivers. This mentality obstructs development in whole region". We are a long-standing and trusted development partner for Bangladesh.

"People of South Asia will be the beneficiary of our friendly relations", she said, adding that sub-regional cooperation was "very, very important for development".

The Indian Prime Minister also enumerated the India-Bangladesh template of good relationship obliquely hinting at Pakistan's mentality to scuttle development initiatives in the region.

"The two prime ministers appreciated the positive steps taken in respect of Bangladesh's proposal for jointly developing the Ganges Barrage on the river Padma in Bangladesh", said the joint statement.

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"I am grateful to the government and people of India for their contribution to Bangladesh's war of Independence".

He expressed greatest admiration for Sheikh Hasina's "zero-tolerance" policy to deal with terrorism.

Modi said the supply of another 500 MW has already been committed from the existing inter-connection.

The areas in which the agreements have been inked include bilateral judicial sector, earth sciences, navigation, peaceful uses of outer space, passengers and cruise services on the coastal and protocol route and motor vehicle passenger trafic. "Bus and train links between Kolkata and Khulna, and Radhikapur-Birol have been restored today", Modi said.

Hasina arrived in New Delhi on Friday at the start of a four day visit.

After the slew of agreements signing, Prime Minister Hasina also honoured seven Indian Army soldiers who laid down their lives for liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 War.

Modi, in turn, announced doubling of "Mukti Yoddha" scholarship from 10,000 in the next five years, multiple visa entry for "mukti yoddha" (freedom fighters of Bangladesh Liberation Movement) and medical assistance to 100 mukti yoddhas through a special scheme.

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