Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held wide-ranging talks with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on improving overall ties between the two countries in several realms including defence and security, and trade. The two world leaders met for the second time in 10 days in order to exemplify the strengths of India-Bangladesh ties.
PM Modi started by highlighting the agreement on the bilateral projects and said,
"I am glad that I got an opportunity to inaugurate 3 more bilateral projects between India & Bangladesh today. In the last one year, we have launched 9 projects from Video Link. By combining the three projects of today, we have launched 12 joint projects in a year."
PM Modi listed the advantages of the project inaugurated today and said that it makes the process more eco-friendly and cost-effective and makes it possible for operations to be all-weather and round-the-year. These three projects emphasise on LPG, import, vocational training, and social facility.PM Modi further stated that "The aim of our special friendship is the progress and happiness of our people."
"Today these three projects are in three different areas: - LPG import, vocational training and social facility. But the purpose of all three is the same. And that is - to improve the lives of our citizens. This is also the key to India-Bangladesh relations."
Futher speaking about the project of Vivekananda Bhavan at the Ramakrishna Mission in Dhaka, PM Modi said that it takes inspiration from the lives of two great human beings. Swami Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda have an indelible impact on our society and values:
"Like the generosity and open spirit of Bangla culture, this mission also has a place for all the followers of all the texts. And this mission celebrates the festival of every sect equally. The Bhavan has more than 100 university students and research scholars. India prioritizes its partnership with Bangladesh. We are proud that India-Bangladesh relationship is an excellent example of cooperation between two friendly neighbors for the whole world."
Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina highlighted relations between India and Bangladesh and said,
"The trajectory of our excellent bilateral relations was unveiled in 1971 when Bangladesh had joined the great liberation war under the leadership of the father of the nation- Rehman. I recall the gratitude, the role of the people and the government of India in the war of liberation of Bangladesh. This would remain an eternal milestone in our bilateral relations. Distinguished guests, I thank all of you to be present here today, especially PM Modi. Besides, I thank all who have been involved in the implementation of these projects who have been working hard for the materialization of these projects. My heartiest thanks to all of you. In the future, I hope, through our joint cooperation, we can inaugurate many more such development projects."