India, Bangladesh ink deals to boost cooperation

Source: Xinhua| 2017-04-08 17:02:01|Editor: xuxin


Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (front) inspects guard of honor during the ceremonial reception at the Indian Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, April 8, 2017. Hasina is on a four-day state visit to India. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)

NEW DELHI, April 8 (Xinhua) -- India and Bangladesh signed some 22 agreements covering a wide range of issues on Saturday after talks between the prime ministers of the two countries here in the Indian capital.

The deals involve such areas as civil nuclear cooperation and defence.

However, the much-delayed Teesta water-sharing pact, that will determine the sharing of the river water between the two countries, has yet to be sealed, sources said.

A bus and train service between the eastern Indian city of Kolkata and Khulna in Bangladesh was also launched.

"A new spring in #IndiaBangladesh ties! PM @narendramodi receives PM Sheikh Hasina at Hyderabad House before talks," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in India Friday on a four-day visit.

This is Hasina's first visit to India after Modi assumed office in May 2014, following his Bharatiya Janata Party's landslide win in a general elections.

"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.

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