New Delhi, (Hindustan Times). Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held a bilateral meeting on Friday at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. Both the leaders looked forward to joint inauguration of Agartala-Akhaura Rail Link, Unit-II of Maitri Power Plant, Khulna-Mongla Rail Link at a convenient date. Along with this, three MoUs were signed including digital payment.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, three MoUs were signed between the two countries during the meeting. Both the leaders welcomed these agreements. These include cooperation in digital payment mechanisms between the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Bangladesh Bank, renewal of the Cultural Exchange Program (CEP) between India and Bangladesh for 2023-2025 and cooperation between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the Bangladesh Council of Agricultural Research. There are MoUs on cooperation between
Regarding the regional situation, Prime Minister Modi appreciated the responsibility taken by Bangladesh in providing shelter to more than one million people displaced from Rakhine in Myanmar and India’s constructive and positive approach in supporting solutions for the safe and sustainable repatriation of refugees. Make aware.
The two leaders discussed the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation including political and security cooperation, border management, trade and connectivity, water resources, power and energy, development cooperation, cultural and people-to-people ties. Current developments in the region and cooperation in multilateral fora were also discussed.
PM Hasina has come to India as a guest country to participate in the G-20 Leaders Summit on 9-10 September 2023.
The leaders welcomed the implementation of the agreement on the use of Chatto Village and Mongla ports and the operationalization of the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline. He encouraged and expressed his appreciation for bilateral trade in Indian Rupee and the business community on both sides to make use of the mechanism involved.
The two leaders expressed hope that negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which would include trade in goods, services and investment protection, would begin soon. The Indian side welcomed the Indo-Pacific Approach recently announced by Bangladesh.
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