PM Modi wraps up Bangladesh visit, lauds LBA

SansadTV Bureau

Modi_hasina-Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home on Sunday night after wrapping up a successful two-day visit to Bangladesh.

The two countries ratified the historic Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) and signed 22 different pacts to strengthen cooperation between them.

Before leaving, PM Modi also assured to resolve the Teesta water issue.

“Thank you Bangladesh. The visit will remain forever etched in my memory. Outcomes of the visit will lead to a stronger partnership,”  Prime Minister tweeted just before leaving for New Delhi on Sunday night.

Referring to the ratification of LBA, which remained the highlight of his visit, PM Narendra Modi said, “Most importantly, we successfully overcame long pending issues of the past & this will enable us to create a better future for our ties. People used to think we are close. But now the world will have to accept that we are close and we are we together”.

“If you think Land Boundary Agreement is about land going this side and that side then think again. It is a meeting of hearts,” he explained.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also addressed Indian diaspora in Dhaka on Sunday, and in his hour-long speech he praised Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s stand of zero tolerance on terrorism.

The Indian Prime Minister also took the opportunity to attack Pakistan. He said Pakistan was creating “nuisance” and “constantly” troubling India by promoting terrorism.

In the Joint Declaration released by India and Bangladesh, the countries signed several agreements including pacts on coastal shipping, a MoU on setting up of Indian Economic Zones and allowing Life Insurance Corporation to operate in the country.

In a major initiative to boost connectivity and enhance people-to-people contact, two bus services — Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati were also flagged off jointly by PM Modi, PM Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid during the course of his visit. They discussed matters of bilateral and regional importance. The two leaders reviewed progress on the ongoing development projects and decided to establish power transmission link.

On Sunday afternoon, PM Narendra Modi received Bangladesh’s Award of Liberation War Honour on behalf of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The award came a day after India and Bangladesh ratified their four-decade-old land boundary agreement, which has been widely hailed by the Bangladeshi media as a watershed moment in the relations between the two countries.