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Hasina, Modi hope to further deepen BD-India relations

Industry Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have expressed their desire that the existing bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries would be further deepened in the future.
“The two leaders have expressed their hopes that the existing bilateral relations will be deepened further in the days to come,” Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud told a news briefing early hours of Monday.
The expectations came at a one-to-one meeting (tete-e-tete) between the two prime ministers after the swearing-in ceremony of the cabinet of Modi government on Sunday evening.
During the meeting which was held in a very warm and friendly atmosphere, the Bangladesh prime minister invited her Indian counterpart to visit Dhaka at his convenient time, Hasan said.

The bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India have reached a new height under the prudent leadership of Sheikh Hasian and Narendra Modi, he said.

The foreign minister said the two premiers later attended the banquet hosted by Indian President Smt. DroupadiMurmu at RashtrapatiBhavan.

Senior Indian ministers, Bangladesh delegation, invited heads of the other governments and states attended the dinner where they held brief interactions, he said.

Hasan said they also had exchanged pleasantries during the reception.

Replying to a query about expectations from each other as the Modi government have run his state for the last 10 years along with Sheikh Hasina’s tenure for already 15 years in Bangladesh, the foreign minister said that Bangladesh and India have multifaceted relations.

“Many issues are involved between the two countries. As both the governments continue, there have some benefits in doing work together,” he said.

The people from both the countries are being benefitted in terms of different aspects that include connectivity from the friendly relations of both the nations, he added.

“Our multi-dimentional deep relations will spread and be deepened further in future,” Hasan hoped.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to India MdMustafizur Rahman and PM’s Press Secretary M Nayeemul Islam Khan were present, among others, at the briefing.

The Bangladesh Prime Minister arrived in New Delhi on Saturday to attended the oath-taking ceremony of the new Indian government at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Two separate bilateral meeting will be held between Bangladesh Prime Minister and President of Sri Lanka RanilWickremesinghe and with Indian External Affairs Minister this morning at her Place of Residence here

Sheikh Hasina is expected to leave the Indian capital for Dhaka yesterday afternoon.

PM returns home
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home from New Delhi last night after attending the oath-taking ceremony of Narendra Modi as the prime minister of India for a third consecutive term.
A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage members landed at HazratShahjalal International Airport here at 7.15 pm.
The flight earlier departed from Palam Air Force Station, the VVIP airport in New Delhi at 4.45 pm (India time).
Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, India JaideepMazumder, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka PranayVerma and Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Md. Mustafizur Rahman saw the premier off at the airport.
Sheikh Hasina went to New Delhi on Saturday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the cabinet of Modi government at her Indian counterpart’s invitation.
During her stay in New Delhi, the Prime Minister held a tete-a-tete (one-to-one meeting) with Narendra Modi at RashtrapatiBhaban on Sunday evening.

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