“Bangladesh is an important pillar of India’s” Neighborhood First “policy,” PM Modi told Sheikh Hasina

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: December 17, 2020 2:18:19 PM

The two guides jointly opened a digital exhibition by Bangabandhu-Bapu (source: Screengrab).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday that Bangladesh remains one of the main pillars of India’s “neighborhood first” policy. In a videoconference with his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, Modi said his government had focused on maintaining close ties with Dhaka since taking office. Hasina, in turn, said India was Bangladesh’s true friend.

The two heads of state and government jointly opened a digital exhibition between Bangabandhu and Bapu, a rail link before 1965, published a memorial stamp for the 100th birthday of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman and signed seven pacts to create a forum for CEOs between India and Bangladesh with a focus on IT -Sector to form.

“I am proud to be able to publish a digital exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman. You will continue to inspire our youth, ”said Modi.

Modi also said there is a good working relationship between India and Bangladesh to address the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bangladeshi Prime Minister Hasina, meanwhile, paid homage to the martyrs of the 1971 war. “I thank the government and the people of India who have wholeheartedly supported the cause of our liberation,” she said. Hasina also praised the Modi government for dealing with the pandemic.

The digital exhibition Bangabandhu-Bapu will be shown in New Delhi and then in various locations in Bangladesh, the United Nations, and will finally end in Calcutta in early 2022.

India and Bangladesh have made efforts to improve traffic and connectivity. Officials said leadership on both sides had committed to revitalizing and operationalizing the six rail links between India and Bangladesh before 1965. With the inauguration of the Haldibari-Chilahati railway connection, five connections are currently in operation.

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