PM Modi to meet PM Sheikh Hasina shortly; to flag off bus services between India-Bangladesh

Dhaka(web team): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Dhaka to a red carpet welcome on his maiden visit which is expected to put ties with Bangladesh in a new trajectory, as the two sides will firm up a number of pacts to boost cooperation besides ratifying the long-pending Land Boundary Agreement.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi being received by Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Ms. Sheikh Hasina at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka. Credit: Ministry of External Affairs FB page PTI
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi being received by Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Ms. Sheikh Hasina at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka. Credit: Ministry of External Affairs FB page PTI

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.

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PM Modi pays respects to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum

After tributes to the Martyrs, paying 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

Beginning the visit by paying homage to the martyrs of the Liberation War of 1971.

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PM Modi thanks PM Sheikh Hasina for the warm welcome.

The Memorial consists of 7 distinct triangles indicating 7 stages of the national movement of Bangladesh that led to its Independence.

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receives Modi at the airport.

9:55 IST Saturday, 6 June 2015

PM Modi arrives in Dhaka.

9:30 IST Saturday, 6 June 2015

Protocol broken to welcome a friend…PM Hasina welcomes PM @narendramodi to Dhaka & a historic visit begins.

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.”

Thank you PM Sheikh Hasina for the warm welcome. I look forward to a very good visit that will strengthen ties between India & Bangladesh.

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.”

7:45 IST Saturday, 6 June 2015

Two neighbours. Two national anthems. One author. Amar Sonar Bangla and Jana Gana Mana play at ceremonial reception

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

A red carpet welcome. Breaking protocol, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receives PM @narendramodi at the airport.

Background

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

Ready for a historic visit to Bangladesh. IAF Rajdoot awaits PM @narendramodi

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.

The Land Boundary Agreement between India and Bangladesh is historic

“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)