On March 11, Monday Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina had a conversation through video conference.
Through video conference, Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi jointly introduced dozens of development projects in Bangladesh. Both of the leaders unveiled 36 community clinics, inaugurated e-plaques for the supply of buses and trucks, started 11 water treatment plants, and also begun the extension of National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh.
While speaking on occasion, Prime Minister Modi said that Ms. Hasina’s vision is the biggest inspiration for stronger connectivity between Bangladesh and India. He further stated that inauguration of today’s projects would not just expand transport connectivity, but also knowledge connectivity.
Further, PM Modi mentioned that this is his sixth video conference with his counterpart Hasina. And, he also said that the National Knowledge Network would connect scholars and research institutes in Bangladesh to India and the world. Also, he mentioned that the water treatment plants would help supply clean water; the trucks and buses would assist the efforts towards affordable public transportation, and community clinics will serve around 2 lakh people in Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, he mentioned that these joint development projects show that India-Bangladesh connections are performing a key role in enhancing the quality of life of people.
Later in the conversation, PM Modi appreciative Sheikh Hasina’s support and also reiterated India’s support for the ambitious expansion objectives set by PM Sheikh Hasina for Bangladesh. While concluding the conversation, PM Modi showed faith that bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India would remain to grow even further.
Further, Sushma Swaraj External Affairs Minister stated in her remarks on occasion,
“Our partnership is the best example of how cooperation for the mutual benefit not only brings prosperity, it also reduces space for extremism. In the last five years, cooperation in security, and our shared strong commitment to eradicate terror has developed in tandem with closer political cooperation and committed efforts to improve the lives of our people.”
She continued saying,
“And the results today are visible for all to see. Our uniquely concessional loans, grants and capacity building have made Bangladesh our most significant development partner. I reaffirm that India will remain a reliable partner, committed to support Bangladesh’s ongoing transformation as a dynamic hub of development.”
Further, the Foreign Minister pointed out about the occasion,
“We should now set ourselves more ambitious targets, aimed at preserving the special character of India-Bangladesh ties. In the years ahead, we look forward to working together to realize the promise of a fully-integrated neighbourhood, in which transport and energy links are restored or built anew, for mutual benefit, thereby facilitating the easy movement of goods, services and people.”