India, Bangladesh to step up anti-terror cooperation

The New Delhi Municipal Council approved its renaming a day before Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had arrived on a four-day visit to India.

On ties in various sectors, Modi said: "We want to build cooperation in new areas, especially in some high technology areas, which would include space exploration, civil nuclear energy and other areas".

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi welcomes the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Ms. Sheikh Hasina, on her arrival, at Air Force Station Palam, in New Delhi on April 07, 2017.

On her part, Hasina described her talks with Modi as "productive" and agreed with Modi that greater connectivity was "vital" for development in the region.

In implementing this credit, he said India would be guided by Bangladesh's needs and priorities.

The countries also agreed on an inter-agency agreement between Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP), India and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) on cooperation in nuclear power plant projects in Bangladesh.

The Indian Prime Minister also enumerated the India-Bangladesh template of good relationship obliquely hinting at Pakistan's mentality to scuttle development initiatives in the region. A joint statement issued later in the day said that "the two Prime Ministers reiterated their strong commitment to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stressed that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terror".

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PM Hasina said, "Regional cooperation is very, very important for development in South Asia". West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has strongly opposed the treaty, was also present at the meeting.

An agreement between Defence Services Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiris) in Tamil Nadu and Defence Services Command and Staff College, Mirpur, Dhaka was also signed for enhancing cooperation in strategic and operational studies. This bring the total credit line extended to the neighbouring country to more than $8 billion (approximately Rs 51,400 rore) in the past couple of years, reported NDTV. "The supply of another 500 MW has already been committed from the existing inter-connection". Trains will run on the Khulna-Kolkata and Radhikapur-Birol routes.

"India has always stood for the prosperity of Bangladesh".

After the slew of agreements signing, Prime Minister Hasina also honoured seven Indian Army soldiers who laid down their lives for liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 War.

As a mark of India's respect to father of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Hasina's father, a prominent road in Delhi has been named after him.

Officials in New Delhi have said, "It will be a visit without water, indicating that a pact on Teesta river waters is not on the cards".

  • Megan Austin