New Delhi: Prime Minister of Bangladesh landed today at Delhi airport to have bilateral talks with India, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to airport just like a regular commuter ignoring all the protocols to welcome Sheikh Hasina. Not only this, there was no restriction laid on traffic as well. Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and the MP from Asansol, was also present at the airport.
Sheikh Hasina is on a four-day visit to India with a purpose to sign 25 pacts in various key sectors including civil nuclear cooperation and defence. Other Issues such as combating terrorism, containing radicalism and enhancing security cooperation between the two countries will also be given priority in this visit. However, there are fewer chances of agreement being signed on sharing of water of River Teesta between India and Bangladesh this time. “The visit is expected to further expand the cordial and cooperative relationship between India and Bangladesh and build on the strong ties of friendship and trust between the two leaders,” a joint statement issued earlier by the two countries said.
Moreover, India is also expected to announce a line of credit of USD 500 million to Bangladesh for military supplies. Liberation War Affairs minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, Law Minister Anisul Haque, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, the Premier’s Economic Affairs Advisor Moshiour Rahman and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam are also accompanying Prime Minister Hasina for the visit. She will visit Ajmer on Sunday and will meet Indian business leaders on Monday. She will also join a function at Manekshaw Centre to honour Indian Armed Forces members who embraced martyrdom in Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971.
A bus and train service between Kolkata and Khulna, which is the third largest city in Bangladesh will also be inaugurated.