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PM Modi said the neighbouring country is situated at the confluence of Neighbourhood First Policy, Act East Policy, Vision Sagar and Indo-Pacific Vision. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday discussed furthering defence ties, defence production, cooperation on counter-terrorism, management of the border and other issues, in their bilateral talks in New Delhi.

“To further strengthen our defence ties, we had detailed discussions from defence production to modernisation of armed forces. We have decided to strengthen our cooperation over counter-terrorism, fundamentalism and peaceful management of the border. Our vision for the Indian Ocean Region is the same. We welcome Bangladesh’s decision to join the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative. We will continue our cooperation at BIMSTEC and other regional and international forums,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

PM Modi said the two countries have together completed many important projects for public welfare.

“Trade in Indian rupees has started between the two countries. The world’s longest river cruise on the Ganga river between India and Bangladesh has been successfully completed. The first cross-border friendship pipeline between India and Bangladesh has been completed. Export of electricity from Nepal to Bangladesh through the Indian grid has become the first example of sub-regional cooperation in the energy sector. Implementing such a big initiative in so many areas in just one year reflects the speed and scale of our relations,” he said, per ANI.

PM Narendra Modi further said the two countries are focusing on connectivity, commerce and collaboration. He said the two nations will enhance focus on digital and energy connectivity to spur their economies.

“Both sides are ready to initiate talks on CEPA to take our economic ties to new heights…54 rivers connect India and Bangladesh – we have cooperated over flood management, early warning and drinking water projects. We have decided to initiate technical-level talks on the renewal of the 1996 Ganga Water Treaty. For the conservation and management of Teesta river in Bangladesh, a technical team will visit Bangladesh soon,” PM Modi added.

PM Modi said India and Bangladesh have prepared a futuristic vision, which includes green partnership, digital partnership, blue economy and space.

“We have met 10 times in the last one year. However, this meeting is special because Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina is the first state guest after the third term of our government,” he added.

PM Hasina said India is Bangladesh’s major neighbour and trusted friend.

“Bangladesh greatly values its relations with India,” she said.

She invited PM Modi to visit her country.

“Come to Bangladesh to witness what all we have done and plan to do,” she said.

 
 

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“These will build a transformative collaboration between India and Bangladesh by leveraging green and digital technologies to foster economic growth, sustainable and climate-resilient development, environmental conservation, cross-border digital interchange and regional prosperity,” said the document.

The two countries agreed to collaborate on frontier technologies, including civil nuclear, oceanography, and space technology. “To this end, we will partner in joint development of a small satellite for Bangladesh and its launch using an Indian launch vehicle,” it said.

Resolving to work towards promoting the prosperity of the people of the two countries, Bangladesh and India agreed to strengthen trade and investment linkages with each other, including through early commencement of negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), early operationalization of two Special Economic Zones (SEZs) offered by Bangladesh to India in Mongla and Mirsharai, opening of new border-haats, trade facilitation to enhance bilateral trade, improving road, rail, air, and maritime connectivity and trade infrastructure.

“We will also encourage and support our private sector to seek new investment opportunities in each other’s priority areas of economic development.”

The two countries also decided to conclude a new Framework Agreement for Development Partnership, which will expand the reach of cross-border projects and programmes in line with the priorities of the people and the government of Bangladesh and the long-term vision of closer connectivity.

“We will work together to expand our capacity building programme for civil services, judicial officers, police and other specialized services of Bangladesh,” it added.

Recognising the shared cultural and historical heritage and vibrant people-to-people ties, the two countries decided to nurture existing linkages by promoting exchanges of Muktijoddhas, scholars, academics, artistes, tourists, students and youth.

India will further raise the level of its support to Muktijoddhas and their families with new programmes for medical and educational support.

Recognising the contribution of Bangladesh-India partnership to peace, security and stability in the region, the two countries reiterated their commitment to a free, open, inclusive, secure, and rules-based Indo-Pacific region.

Recognising the vulnerability of the region to adverse impacts of climate change, the two countries decided to jointly lead the “Disaster Risk Reduction and Management” pillar of the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) and cooperate to mitigate disaster risks, build disaster-resilient infrastructure, and contribute to the sustenance of our shared maritime region.

The document said Bangladesh and India, with their wide-ranging bilateral cooperation, envision the relationship to become a major anchor for regional and sub-regional integration under BIMSTEC, SAARC and Indian Ocean Regional architectures.

“We will work together on global platforms to promote our common interests, especially the interests of Global South,” it added.

The document said there was a need for Bangladesh and India to take their ties to a deeper and higher quality level based on mutual trust and benefit in the coming days.

 

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