India-Bangladesh friendship aims to benefit citizens, improve their quality of life: PM Modi

Edited By: Sparshita Saxena WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Updated: Oct 05, 2019, 01:50 PM(IST)

Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Narendra Modi witness exchange of agreements, and inaugurate of bilateral projects between India & Bangladesh. Photograph:( ANI )

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India and Bangladesh signed as many as seven Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) under which India will provide coastal surveillance to Bangladesh. 

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met with PM Modi on Saturday in New Delhi. Both the leaders inaugurated three key bilateral projects and held bilateral talks. 

India and Bangladesh signed as many as seven Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) under which India will provide coastal surveillance to Bangladesh. India and Bangladesh also signed an agreement on education. 

New Delhi will withdraw water from River Feni for drinking. 

PM Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart unveiled a  bulk LPG import plan from Bangladesh.


"Within a year, India and Bangladesh have undertaken a dozen projects. We launched nine projects via video link, it is an achievement and a new milestone in our bilateral ties," PM Modi said. 

The prime minister said that the three bilateral projects which were inaugurated today are extremely crucial for the India-Bangladesh ties. 

"The projects are on LPG import from Bangladesh, vocational training and social facility. The motive of our projects are always to benefit our citizens and improve the quality of their life," Modi stated. 

The prime minister added that the projects create a "win-win" situation for both the nations as they will lead to boosting financial situation, employment and income generation. 

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hoped that the projects will make bilateral trade relations between India and Bangladesh more dynamic. She added that LPG bulk import from Bangladesh to India will meet the demand for fuel energy in India's northeast region. 

PM Modi and Hasina had previously met each other on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, in a weekly press conference, said that the talks will revolve around trade and connectivity, development cooperation, people to people contact, culture and other issues of mutual interest.

The Bangladeshi Prime Minister is on a four-day visit to India.

Hasina also addressed the World Economic Forum's 33rd India Economic Summit in New Delhi, as the chief guest, on October 3, wherein the Prime Minister sought for more investments in Bangladesh. She met with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar this morning. 



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