Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina gets ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi
Apr 18 2017 by Desiree Burns
"Along with our shared land boundaries are our shared rivers", Modi said while jointly addressing the media with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina following bilateral talks in Delhi.
Sheikh Hasina arrived on a four-day visit on Friday and was received at the airport by Mr Modi.
The Prime Minister further said that he was happy that India had provided scholarships to more than 10,000 children of Mukti Jodhas or those who fought for liberation.
India announced a concessional credit line of $4.5 billion for the completion of priority sectors in Bangladesh, and another $500 million for buying military equipment.
Modi assured the people of Bangladesh of India's "commitment and continuing efforts" to solve the vexed issue of sharing the waters of river Teesta, which has been opposed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The agreements signed on Saturday include an MoU on defence cooperation framework pact and extending defence LOC of $500 million by India and on cooperation in the civil nuclear sector under which India will be able to set up nuclear plants in Bangladesh.
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Three more MoUs were signed to enhance defence cooperation between the two countries. We both want to make our borders free from criminal activity. "PM @narendramodi receives PM Sheikh Hasina at Hyderabad House before talks", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.
Terming Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina's visit to India as "exceptionally strong", Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Saturday threw light on the agreements signed between India and Bangladesh.
Earlier, in the day, the Bangladesh Prime Minster was accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhawan this morning.
The two leaders also inaugurated two rail and a road connectivity project via video conference. "I believe we shall be able to get India's support in resolving these issues expeditiously", said Hasina.
Both leaders reaffirmed their close ties during the Bangladeshi prime minister's first visit to India in seven years, with Modi speaking of a "golden era" in their friendship and Hasina saying their friendly ties would benefit South Asia. He also expressed hope for early implementation of the Bhutan-Bangladesh-India-Nepal Motor Vehicles Agreement. In total, India has extended $8 billion in credit to Bangladesh over the last six years.