Dhaka and Delhi Agree on Sustainable Future Vision

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Dhaka, June 23, 2024 - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned to Dhaka tonight following a productive two-day state visit to India. Invited by her Indian counterpart, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina's visit aimed at reinforcing the bilateral ties between the neighboring nations.

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying the Prime Minister and her delegation landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:25 PM. They had departed from Palam Airport in New Delhi at 6:20 PM Bangladesh time.

At the airport, the Prime Minister was seen off by Indian Minister of State for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, and also Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri Kirtivardhan Singh, along with Bangladesh High Commissioner to India, Md Mustafizur Rahman.

Shared Vision for Digital and Green Partnership

During her visit, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed a broad range of issues encompassing water sharing, security, trade, power, energy, and regional cooperation. In a joint statement before the media, Sheikh Hasina highlighted the endorsement of a 'Vision Statement' aimed at fostering a peaceful and prosperous future through a 'Digital Partnership' and a 'Green Partnership for a Sustainable Future'.

Strengthening Bilateral Ties

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina underscored the historical and ongoing significance of Bangladesh-India relations, describing India as a major neighbor, trusted friend, and regional partner. She expressed gratitude for the robust engagement between the two countries, which originated during Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971.

Productive Meetings and Agreements

The bilateral meetings saw the signing of ten Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs), including seven new agreements and the renewal of three existing ones, covering areas of mutual interest and cooperation. The discussions aimed at enhancing political, security, trade, and connectivity ties, as well as the sharing of water from common rivers.

Future Collaborative Efforts

Highlighting the productive nature of the meetings, Sheikh Hasina stated that both countries agreed on a collaborative approach for the betterment of their peoples. The discussions also focused on charting a future course of action aligned with Bangladesh's Vision 2041 and India's Viksit Bharat 2047.

Recent High-Level Engagements

The Prime Minister recalled recent high-level engagements, including visits by the Indian President and Prime Minister to Bangladesh in 2021 and her own participation in the G20 Summit in New Delhi in September 2023. This visit marked her second trip to New Delhi in June 2024, following her attendance at Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on June 9.

Acknowledging Historical Contributions

Sheikh Hasina expressed her gratitude towards India for its contribution to Bangladesh’s independence and paid homage to the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the 1971 War of Liberation. She also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Bangladesh at his earliest convenience.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India has further solidified the relationship between Dhaka and New Delhi, setting a strong foundation for future collaboration across various sectors. Her return to Bangladesh marks the continuation of a dynamic and evolving partnership between the two nations.

   


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