PM Modi, Bangladesh PM Shiekh Hassina hold bilateral talks in New Delhi; sign 7 agreements
By Our Correspondent, 05/10/2019, New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina today jointly inaugurated three bilateral projects through video conferencing including one on import of bulk LPG from Bangladesh.The other projects are the Vivekananda Bhavan at Ramakrishna Mission in Dhaka and the Bangladesh-India Professional Skill Development Institute, a facility to benefit small and medium enterprises at the Institute of Diploma Engineers.Besides, India and Bangladesh signed seven agreements in New Delhi this afternoon in several areas including education.

The MoUs were exchanged following bilateral talks between Prime Minister Modi and Ms Hasina at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. In his statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the projects inaugurated today - in LPG import, vocational training, and social facility - have the common goal of improving the conditions of the common people. He said the foundation of India-Bangladesh ties is the welfare of the common man. Mr Modi said the Vivekananda Bhavan at Ramakrishna Mission will house more than 100 university students. He expressed happiness that bilateral ties will get a boost after today's productive discussions.

In her statement, the Bangladesh Prime Minister thanked the Indian government for the financial assistance provided for  Vivekananda Bhavan and Bangladesh-India Professional Skill Development Institute. She hoped that many more projects can be inaugurated in future through joint cooperation. Ms Hasina said over the last two decades, engagements and cooperation in several areas between the two nations have increased. Earlier today, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on the visiting dignitary and reaffirmed India’s highest priority to relations with Bangladesh. Ms Hasina is scheduled to meet President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening. She arrived in New Delhi last Thursday on a four-day visit to India. Ms Hasina was the chief guest at the India Economic Summit which was organised by the World Economic Forum.