India, Bangladesh ink 22 agreements

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Shiekh Hasina Sheikh Hasina India Sheikh hasina india visit Bangladesh Bangladesh PM sheikh Hasina Narendra Modi PM Modi Sheikh Hasina food Hilsa Bangladesh Hilsa fish hilsa population Hoogly river india news indian express news

In a special gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday drove to the IGI airport here to receive his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and expressed confidence that bilateral ties would be taken to a new level.

No Teesta water deal The two PMs signed 22 agreements, but one big miss was the Teesta water share pact.

-PM Modi announces $500 million for Bangladesh's defence procurement, $4.5 billion for projects in priority sector.

On the issue of Teesta water sharing issue, PM Modi said he was hopeful of an "early and acceptable solution" with the Bangladesh government.

He said an "early solution can and will be found" to the Teesta water sharing issue. In addition, he further announced that a new concessional line of credit of $4.5 billion for implementation of projects in Bangladesh.

Stating that "people-to-people contact is our strength", she said that Bangladesh would upgrade its visa office in Agartala after having reopened a diplomatic mission in Guwahati.

On Teesta pact, she said, "Teesta agreement remains a work in progress.We have not reached a closure on it". However, the Delhi Police officials moved swiftly after the Prime Minister's cavalcade started from his official residence.

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About the bilateral cooperation in power and energy sectors, Hasina said she along with the Indian premier inaugurated the supply of additional 60MW power to Bangladesh from Tripura.

The two sides also signed an agreement on civil nuclear cooperation under which India will help Bangladesh develop its civilian nuclear program.

Recently in an interview to a news channel, Mamata said that though she loves people of Bangladesh, she would also look into the well being of her state, reflecting her disapproval in signing the treaty.

Modi and Hasina, who is staying at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, will hold comprehensive discussions on Saturday.

During their talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, called upon the worldwide community to end selective approaches to combat terrorism and emphasised that there should no glorification of terrorists as martyrs, seen as an apparent reference to Pakistan. They released Hindi translation of Bangabandhu's "The Unfinished Memoirs".

Hasina called India the "most important neighbour and one of key development partners of Bangladesh" also recalling its invaluable contribution to Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War for which "we are deeply grateful".

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