Dhaka(web team): Bangladesh is all set to roll out a red carpet welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he arrives in Dhaka on Saturday on his maiden visit amid expectations that the two-day trip will open new vistas in bilateral ties.
Posters of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee put up along a road in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Friday ahead of PM Modis visit. PTI
The capital is decked up with big hoardings carrying his photographs of Modi besides life-size cutouts of him, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Before leaving to Bangladesh, taking to micro-blogging site, PM Modi tweeted, “This visit is going to strengthen the bond between our Nations, benefitting people of our countries & our region.”
9:55 IST Saturday, 6 June 2015
PM Modi arrives in Dhaka
7:45 IST Saturday, 6 June 2015
This visit is going to strengthen the bond between our Nations, benefitting people of our countries & our region, tweets PM Modi.
7:10 IST Saturday, 6 June 2015
Bangladesh and India to swap 18th-century border enclaves
Bangladesh and India will seal an agreement simplifying their 4,000-km (2,500-mile) border at the weekend, over four decades after the neighbours first tried to untangle complex territorial rights set down in 1713.
The agreement will be one of several to be finalised during a two-day state visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi beginning on Saturday, Dhaka’s Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali told journalists on Friday. In 1974, the then leaders of the two countries – Indira Gandhi of India and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh – agreed to swap almost 200 enclaves of land located in one country but officially belonging to the other.
“But with the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (in 1975), along with the almost all the members of his family, the process of the agreement stopped for a long time,” Ali said. The agreement, which has since been updated, will be “a historic milestone in the relationship between the two neighbouring south Asian countries,” he added.
Mamata Banerjee arrives Dhaka ahead of Modi’s visit
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrived in Dhaka, a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day maiden visit to Bangladesh.
State minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam received her at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the evening.
Foreign Ministry officials said the West Bengal Chief Minister would witness the signing of documents on Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) to be exchanged between the two countries after talks between Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.
Unprecedented political unanimity in over Modi’s visit
On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit, Bangladesh witnessed an unprecedented unanimity among rival political parties, with the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP on the same page over having better ties with India.
“It is due to the leadership of our leader and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that there is such an unanimity among the parties regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit,” said State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam.
“This not just a visit of a head of a nation to Dhaka. But a new chapter in the relationship between both India and Bangladesh. Both the countries need each other, there are sectors where India has made massive progress, there are areas where we have made huge progress,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)