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Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held wide-ranging and fruitful discussions on a whole range of bilateral topics including water, trade, economic ties and regional and global issues.
Both leaders agreed to take forward the development partnership
Kwatra said the two leaders underscored the importance of our close security cooperation on terrorism, border management and cross-border crimes. He informed that the Prime Ministers of both the countries agreed to take forward our development partnership including development of railway infra projects in Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi PM to meet President Murmu and Vice President Dhankhar
Foreign Secretary Kwatra said that the Bangladesh Prime Minister will also meet President Draupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar later in the evening.
What about Rohingya refugees?
He further said that we are aware of the Rohingya issue. Bangladesh’s role in providing asylum to them is being appreciated globally. We have also provided financial assistance and government of India will provide whatever help is needed in future. India supports all efforts being made towards their (Rohingya) repatriation to Myanmar.
Several MoUs were signed between the two countries
Several important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) were also signed between the two countries in the delegation level meeting held at Hyderabad House in Delhi. During this, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that today we have emphasized on cooperation against terrorism and fundamentalism. In order to keep the spirit of 1971 alive, it is very important that we come together to fight such forces who want to attack our mutual trust.
India-Bangladesh cooperation continues to improve
In a joint statement issued with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, PM Modi said that today Bangladesh is India’s largest development partner and our largest trading partner in the region. The cooperation between us is constantly improving.
Signing of an important agreement on the sharing of Kushiara river water
The Prime Minister said that today we have decided to increase cooperation in areas like information technology, space and nuclear energy, in which our younger generation is interested. Apart from this, today we have signed an important agreement on water sharing from Kushiara River. There are 54 such rivers that pass through the Indo-Bangladesh border and have been linked to the livelihood of the people of both the countries for centuries.