Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina ahead of delegation-level bilateral talks.

Over 20 agreements, including a civil nuclear agreement and two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) on defence cooperation, were signed after Saturday’s bilateral talks between India and Bangladesh.

India extended $500 million credit to Bangladesh for military hardware purchases, besides formalising defence engagements. 60MW power was added today; the supply of 500MW is already committed. India also agreed to finance a diesel pipeline to Bangladesh.

The most important MoUs signed included judicial assistance, extending third line of credit, peaceful uses of outer space, and passenger and crew services on coastal protocol.

Two bus services from Kolkata to Khulna and a train service will also be started and there will be enhanced security arrangements along the highly-porous border between the two countries.

“Energy security is an important dimension of India-Bangladesh development partnership and it continues to grow,” PM Modi said.

While talking about Teesta river PM Narendra Modi said, “River Teesta is important for both nations. Pleased that our guest today is CM West Bengal. Only my government and your government can finalise Teesta agreement.”

“A new spring in #IndiaBangladesh ties! PM @narendramodi receives PM Sheikh Hasina at Hyderabad House before talks,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

 

 

 

On Friday, in a special gesture, Modi personally received Sheikh Hasina at the airport when she arrived here on a 4-day visit to India.

This is the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s first bilateral visit to India in 7 years since her last visit in 2010.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will also be present during the ceremony.

(With inputs from IANS)