Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and Chief Ministers of West Bengal and Tripura, Mamata Banerjee and Biplab Deb respectively jointly inaugurated three projects in Bangladesh through a video conference. External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali also joined the video conferences from Delhi and Dhaka respectively.
Speaking on the occasion, Mahmood Ali said that both nations "have collaborated with each other in almost every sector among which connectivity and power sector remain the most reasonable."
Following this, a video was displayed, highlighting the '6000 crore Line Of Credit (LOC), which is the maximum loan given by India to any country.
Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi recalled his several meetings with Sheikh Hasina in the past, including at the BIMSTEC meeting in Kathmandu, in Shanti Niketan and during the Commonwealth Summit in London. He said leaders of neighbouring countries should have a relationship like neighbours. He said such closeness was evident between him and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
PM Modi recalled Bangladesh PM Hasina's vision of restoring connectivity as it was before 1965. He also added that he was happy seeing the steady progress towards this goal in the last few years. He stated that we have increased our power connectivity and started two projects to increase our railway connectivity.
The PM mentioned that during his visit to Bangladesh in 2015, it had been decided that India will supply an additional 500 MW to Bangladesh. With the completion of the Bengal- Bangladesh project, 1.16 Gigawatts of power will now be supplied from India to Bangladesh, said PM Modi.
PM Modi also acknowledged PM Sheikh Hasina's goals of transforming Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed country by 2041. He added that closer relations and people to people links between the two nations would take development and prosperity to new heights.
(With PTI Inputs)