New Delhi: Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly launched three projects that would strengthen their bilateral ties. The leaders of the two nations inked seven pacts on various issues of mutual interest such as the use of ports, water sharing, education, culture and coastal surveillance.
“I am glad that I got an opportunity to inaugurate 3 more bilateral projects between India and Bangladesh today. In one year, we have inaugurated a total of 12 joint projects,” said PM Modi as quoted by news agency ANI.
Through a video link, PM Modi and Hasina inaugurated three projects includes a bulk import of LPG from Bangladesh to northeast India and the setting up of a skill development institute in Khulna and Vivekanand Bhawan in Dhaka, stated a report. The Institutes are expected to accommodate at least 100 students.
According to a report the Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had informed that PM Modi along with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate three projects on Saturday. “The relations (between India and Bangladesh) have never been so close. Naturally, the focus of the discussion will be a bilateral relationship. When I say bilateral relationship, we are talking about the next steps the two countries should take now to get the relationship in a different trajectory,” Kumar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
While addressing the India-Bangladesh Business Forum in Delhi on Friday, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina took a slight deviation off trade talks by joking about the ban on onion exports. She said, “Pyaaz mein thoda dikkat ho gya hamare liye. Mujhe maloom nahi kyun aapne pyaaz bandh kar diya? Maine cook ko bol diya ab se khana mein pyaaz bandh kardo (Onions have become a bit of an issue for us. I don’t understand why you(Prime Minister Narendra Modi) have put a ban on the export of onions. Now, I’ve asked my cook to stop adding onions to my food).” It must be noted that India on September 29 had banned the export of onions so as to bring the high prices of onion under control.
Meanwhile, on October 3, the Bangladesh PM approved the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and said that she was satisfied with PM Modi’s assurance that Bangladesh need not fret over the citizens’ list.
Last month, the leaders of the two nations had met each other on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.