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Modi-Hasina talks: More than 20 pacts to be signed, focus on defence and civil nuclear cooperation

Sheikh Hasina will attend 'Sommanona Ceremony' in the evening along with her Indian counterpart to honour the Indian martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the liberation of Bangladesh. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Delhi, India Apr 08, 2017, 05.38 AM (IST)

Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, who is on a four-day visit to India, will hold bilateral talks with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting between the two leaders is expected to further strengthen and deepen the ties between the two neighbours.

More than 20 pacts are expected to be signed between the two countries after the delegation-level talks. Agreements in the areas of defence and civil nuclear cooperation are expected to be signed between the two countries, ANI reported.

India will also extend 500 million dollars to Bangladesh for defence purchases. 

Train services involving West Bengal and Bangladesh and bus service connecting Kolkata and Dhaka will also be launched during the visit. 

Sheikh Hasina will attend "Sommanona Ceremony" in the evening along with her Indian counterpart to honour the Indian martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the liberation of Bangladesh.

Increased cooperation between India and Bangladesh has taken centrestage in the wake of spate of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh allegedly by Islamic State affiliates and fears of its spill over in India.

BIMSTEC has served as an important platform to coordinate anti-terror efforts between India and Bangladesh. Sheikh Hasina had visited India last year to attend the BIMSTEC conference in Goa.

(WION with inputs from ANI)

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