Sheikh Hasina became the first foreign guest to visit India in Modi 3.0, these major agreements were signed

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina is on a two-day visit to India to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the Modi government on June 9. On the second day of the visit, on Saturday, Sheikh Hasina held bilateral talks with PM Narendra Modi. Apart from this, many important issues were discussed in the delegation-level talks and important agreements were reached between the two countries. After this, the two leaders also held a joint press conference. The two leaders approved a shared vision to strengthen bilateral relations. The scope of this conversation was quite large, which included all dimensions of bilateral relations.

Many issues will be discussed, both countries will benefit
Addressing journalists, PM Modi said that in bilateral talks with Sheikh Hasina, the two countries talked about modernizing defense production, strategies against extremism and terrorism as well as establishing peace on the borders. In the talks, it was agreed to start negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) including connectivity, trade infrastructure and economic partnership between the two countries. During this, PM Modi said that we have prepared a future vision for cooperation. The agreements made in Green Partnership, Digital Partnership, Blue Economy and Space will benefit the youth of both the countries.

India is our neighbor and trusted friend
Hasina also said that India is our neighbour and a tested friend. On relations with Bangladesh, PM Modi also said that Bangladesh is at the centre of the confluence of our Neighbourhood First Policy, Act East Policy, Vision SAGAR and Indo Vision. More information about this bilateral conversation was also given by Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra in a press conference, in which he told that a total of 10 agreements have been signed between the two leaders. The two countries also approved the vision document of future partnership, which is inspired by the Developed India 2047 and Smart Bangladesh 2041 vision. Apart from this, digital partnership and green partnership for sustainable development are also part of this shared vision. The scope of bilateral agreements is quite wide, covering everything from railway and bus connectivity to blue economy and maritime cooperation under the SAGAR principle. Amid reports of China's interest in the Teesta Development Project, India announced that a team would soon be sent to Bangladesh for the conservation and management of Teesta. However, Katra clarified that this team will focus only on technical management and restoration of the river.

A large number of patients from Bangladesh come to India for treatment
Apart from this, e-medical visa will soon be introduced for people coming to India for treatment from Bangladesh. The Foreign Secretary said that a large number of people come to India for treatment. A new passenger train will also be started between Rajshahi and Kolkata in Bangladesh, while a bus service will be started between Kolkata and Chittagong. An inland container depot will be built in Sirajganj. Along with this, India will also establish an assistant high commission in Rangpur, Bangladesh. A joint technical committee will be formed to renew the 1996 Ganga Water Agreement regarding the management of rivers. A freight train will also be started between Gede Darshana and Haldibari Chilahati between the two countries. The Foreign Secretary said that the two leaders also discussed the issue of Rohingya, including the aspect of how India and Bangladesh can move forward in a humanitarian way, as well as the challenges related to this aspect were also discussed. Along with this, both the countries also agreed on the modernization of defense and space technology.

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