Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina PM Modi summit India true friend 7 pacts signed

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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Narendra Modi
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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Premier Sheikh Hasina on Thursday instructed Prime Minister Narendra Modi that India is Bangladesh’s true friend and expressed her gratitude to the nation for the help through the 1971 liberation conflict towards Pakistan, as the 2 nations signed seven agreements to reinforce bilateral ties. Addressing a digital summit with Modi, Hasina mentioned that she is joyful to satisfy her Indian counterpart once more, “particularly on this month of victory”.

On Wednesday, Bangladesh celebrated the 49th anniversary of its victory towards Pakistan. Bangladesh received the conflict towards Pakistan on December 16, 1971, with Indian help.

“December evokes in all Bangladeshis the spirit of joy, freedom and celebration as we recall with deep gratitude our ‘Father of the Nation’ Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Under whose dynamic leadership we earned our great independence,” she mentioned. “India is our true friend,” the Bangladesh Prime Minister mentioned.

“I pay deep homage to the three million martyrs who laid down their lives. I pay tribute to the members of the Indian armed forces martyred in the war and to their families. I pay my gratitude to the government and the people of India who extended their whole hearted support for the cause of our nation,” she mentioned.

India, Bangladesh signal 7 pacts 

During the summit, India and Bangladesh signed seven agreements to develop cooperation in numerous areas, and restored a cross-border rail hyperlink which was in operation until 1965.

“Concerned officials signed the memorandums of understandings (MoU)s on behalf of Bangladesh while Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Vikram K Doraiswami inked them on his country’s behalf,” a Bangladesh overseas ministry spokesman mentioned.

The official mentioned Bangladesh’s agriculture minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, junior minister for cultural affairs Khalid Hossain and overseas secretary Masud Bin Momen witnessed the occasion on the state visitor home, shortly earlier than premiers of the 2 nations joined their digital summit from their respective places of work.

In her handle, Hasina additionally lauded India’s efforts to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus pandemic. “I must commend the way India confronted the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope India will contribute significantly in the recovery of the global economy,” she mentioned. “I commend the manner in which the concerned authorities on both sides have taken forward our bilateral cooperation during these trying time,” Hasina added.

The conflict in 1971 broke after the sudden crackdown at midnight previous on March 25, 1971 within the erstwhile East Pakistan by the Pakistani troops and ended on December 16. The similar 12 months Pakistan conceded defeat and unconditionally surrendered in Dhaka to the allied forces comprising the liberty fighters and the Indian troopers. Officially three million folks had been killed through the nine-month-long conflict.

Modi and Hasina collectively inaugurated a digital exhibition on Mujibur Rahman and Mahatma Gandhi in an effort to rejoice the life and legacies of the enduring leaders. Hasina and Modi additionally relaunched a trans-border rail route between Chilahati and West Bengal’s Haldibari which has been inoperative for nearly 55 years.

The ties between India and Bangladesh have witnessed a big upswing in the previous few years. Both sides have scaled up commerce and financial engagement apart from implementing plenty of connectivity and infrastructure initiatives. 

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