Modi Returns Home After Two-day Bangladesh Visit

Narendra Modi returned home after his two-day visit to Bangladesh during which the two countries signed 22 pacts.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves with Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka. (Photo: Reuters)

Narendra Modi returned home after his two-day visit to Bangladesh after signing 22 pacts to deepen cooperation besides ratifying the historic Land Boundary Agreement.

Thank you Bangladesh. The visit will remain forever etched in my memory. Outcomes of the visit will lead to a stronger partnership. –the Prime Minister tweeted

Referring to ratification of the LBA, Modi said, “Most importantly, we successfully overcame long pending issues of the past & this will enable us to create a better future for our ties.”

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives flowers while greeted by Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. (Photo: Reuters)
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives flowers while greeted by Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. (Photo: Reuters)

Modi began his visit yesterday by paying glowing tributes to the martyrs of the ‘Liberation War’ of 1971 which had brought Independence to the country. Modi talked with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina following which the pacts were signed which included an agreement on coastal shipping, an MoU on setting up of Indian Economic Zones and allowing Life Insurance Corporation to operate in the country.

Two bus services from Kolkata - Dhaka - Agartala and Dhaka - Shillong - Guwahati were flagged off jointly by Modi, Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and are meant to boost connectivity and enhance people-to-people contact between the two countries.

Modi also paid homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Sheikh Hasina’s father and also the founder of Bangladesh. He offered prayers at the famous 12th century Dhakeshwari Temple, the most revered place for the Hindu community in the country.

Modi’s two hour long address delivered at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre was attended by students, politicians and bureaucrats where among other things, he made a fervent appeal for dealing with terrorism effectively and spoke about why India deserved a permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council. Modi delivered his speech in English, but it was laced with Bengali phrases and the Prime Minister also tweeted in Bengali through out his visit.

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