Sheikh Hasina Visit: India, Bangladesh Boost Defence, Nuclear Cooperation

April. 9 (ANI): Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's talks on river Teesta, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday expressed displeasure, asserting that Teesta is the lifeline of North Bengal which can't be taken away.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has praised India's growth in education and technology and expressed her gratefulness towards the country for its offering in the War of Liberation.

India and Bangladesh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) through which India would extend a line of credit of $500 million to support Bangladesh's defence-related procurements. He further said India wants to build co-operation in the new area, especially in high technology area.

"This (Teesta) is important for India, for Bangladesh and for India-Bangladesh relationship", Mr. Modi said after the meeting.

Earlier in the day, India and Bangladesh signed 22 pacts in various sectors, holding extensive talks aimed at strengthening the bilateral partnership between the two countries.

Modi, too, paid tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, but did not mention Indira Gandhi's role in the struggle for Bangladesh.

In her reply, Sheikh Hasina thanked the Indian government for renaming an important road in New Delhi after the "Bangabandhu", the founding father of Bangladesh.

There was no breakthrough, however, in a long-standing dispute about the sharing of water from the Teesta River which flows through both nations although Modi vowed to find a solution to the issue seen as vital for Bangladesh farmers.

Resolving to arrive at an agreement on the contentious Teesta river water issue, PM Modi said, "Along with our shared land boundaries are our shared rivers".

'India has always stood for the prosperity of Bangladesh and its people.

TRANSPORT LINKS: A bus service between Kolkata, Khulna and Dhaka was announced.

"May I now request the two Prime Ministers to step down".

She also reiterated her commitment for a peaceful border with India free of crime.

Indian soldiers also laid down their lives while fighting for Bangladesh in the war against Pakistan.

#WATCH: This amusing moment happened live at Hyderabad House during PM Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina's joint statement. We wanted development of the entire region.

  • Leroy Wright