New Delhi– On Saturday, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina explored ways of boosting defence partnership in New Delhi, covering such important aspects as defence production cooperation, counter-terrorism cooperation, border security, and other points. During the joint press meeting, PM Modi reiterated the organization’s vision in Bangladesh for India’s Neighbourhood First Policy, Act East Policy, Vision Sagar, and Indo-Pacific Vision. He said, “On the aspect of defense cooperation, we were very specific from defence production to modernisation of armed forces We have resolved to expand our cooperation in countering terrorism and fundamentalism besides enhancing the peace process on the border We have a shared vision of the Indian Ocean Regionst Once again, I welcome the Bangladesh decision to join the Indian Ocean Dialogue We will continue our cooperation in BIMSTEC and other regional and international platforms. ”

He mentioned the aforementioned completed projects in his analytical discussion with PM Modi. He stated: With special reference to the recent occurrences, the accomplishments of both the countries are appreciable in the sense the two countries have been able to complete several large numbers of big projects that are in the public’s interest. ‘Trading in the Indian rupee has now begun with neighbors, the world’s longest over Ganga river from India to Bangladesh cruise has been successfully completed, first India to Bangladesh pipeline ‘Friendship Pipeline’ has been constructed, electricity export from Nepal to Bangladesh through India has set a model for sub-regional cooperation in the energy sector, such a big and comprehensive and elaborate initiative has been taken in so many tracks in one year, this is the

Mr Modi described an extended vision for the future, naming further connectivity, increasing trade, and cooperation as the major concepts that should be further explored. He pointed out that both countries would create digital and energy linkages to improve their economic conditions. The CEPA talks are willing to commence on both sides to advance economic relations to new heights. The fifty-four rivers connect Bangladesh and India. Cooperation has occurred in flood management and early warnings of floods and water supply projects. Both will have agreed to start the technical discussions on renewing the Ganga water treaty signed in 1996. A technical team will soon visit to monitor the conservation and management of the Teesta River in Bangladesh.

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