Dhaka(web team): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Dhaka to a red carpet welcome on his maiden visit.
In a special gesture, Modi was received at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and a number of her Ministerial colleagues including Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed and Agriculture Minister Moti Choudhury.
Prime Minister Modi was given a guard of honour at the airport. All total 20 agreements have been signed between the two country including ratification of Land Boundary Agreement. India has announced to give US $2 billion in credit line to Bangladesh.
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PM Modi is speaking currently. He says that he is touched by the warm gestures of people of Bangladesh. Modi says that there is huge opportunity in the relationship between two countries. He says the relationship will be approached with the aspect of mutual respect and friendship. Modi is now going through all the details of the pacts signed and how they will be game changer in the days to come.
PM Modi addresses the concerns of trade imbalance, something which has been a cause of concern for Bangladesh. He says that India will increase investment manifold.
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List of all the agreements signed between India and Bangladesh
And here’s the full list of 22 agreements between #IndiaBangladesh pic.twitter.com/LXdUgGms1j
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) June 6, 2015
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PM Narendra Modi flagged off the bus services being made available between north-eastern states and Dhaka. Bangladesh PM sheikh Hasina and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee were also present at the flagging off event.
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PM Modi pays respects to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum
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PM Narendra visits the National Martyrs’ Memorial in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka
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PM Modi thanks PM Sheikh Hasina for the warm welcome.
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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receives Modi at the airport.
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PM Modi arrives in Dhaka.
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Gowher Rizvi, Foreign Policy Advisor to Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, has spoken to ANI. He said, “India and Bangladesh have developed into a relationship of win-win situation. I consider PM Modi’s visit as a landmark visit.”
Gowher Rizvi further added, “Impressive thing about PM Modi is that he has an outstanding reputation as a “doer” in the international scene. PM Modi is able to separate national politics from national interest.”
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This visit is going to strengthen the bond between our Nations, benefitting people of our countries & our region, tweets PM Modi.
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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)