India, Bangladesh Sign 22 Agreements On Defence And Cyber Security

India and Bangladesh on Saturday signed 22 agreements in the fields of defence cooperation, civil nuclear energy, space and cyber security among others, following bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

MoU was signed for defence cooperation framework pact to bolster military supplies and technology transfer from India to Bangladesh. "I firmly believe that it is only my government and, Excellency Sheikh Hasina, your government that can and will find an early solution to Teesta water-sharing".

The Indian premier added: "I am also happy to announce a Line of Credit of United States dollars 500 million to support Bangladesh's defence-related procurement".

The Bangladesh Prime Minister added that she would like to name one of the roads in New Delhi after Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding leader of Bangladesh. Participation of Bangladesh in power projects would be welcome, it said.

On Teesta pact, she said, "Teesta agreement remains a work in progress.We have not reached a closure on it". Race Course Road, where the Prime Minister's residence is located, was renamed as Lok Kalyan Marg past year.

Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Bangladesh high commissioner in New Delhi and Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla were also seen exchanging views with Mamata who entered the room five minutes ahead of the two prime ministers' arrival.

"Delighted to welcome H.E. Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, on her State Visit to India".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at Pakistan for promoting extremism and said that its backing for terrorism was hurting the economic development in the whole region.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina today held talks on key bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concern. Though the 2012 trip was not an official visit, the Government of India had extended all protocols to Ms. Hasina at Agartala.

"This afternoon, we're happy to honour the martyrs of the Indian Armed Forces who lost their lives during our Liberation War in 1971".

This is the third in three years that the Bangladesh Prime Minister was visiting India. "Today is also the day to reject the abhorrent mentality behind the tragedy imposed on Bangladesh", Prime Minister Modi said.

  • Tracy Ferguson