India extends $4.5 billion line of credit to Bangladesh

"I sincerely believe that we will be able to get India's support to resolve these issues expeditiously", she said. Ties that have been forged in blood and generations of kinship.

"We both pledged "zero tolerance" against terrorism and violent extremism and reiterated our strong commitment to make our borders peaceful and free from criminal activities", Hasina said in a statement after the official talks with the Indian premier.

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

"We truly think that citizens of all nations of the region progress and prosper". We chose to take our bilateral relations to a new high. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has strongly opposed the treaty, was also present at the meeting.

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.

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"I am very happy that the chief minister of West Bengal is my honoured guest today". Swaraj also fondly recalled her own visit to Bangladesh.

Resolving to arrive at an agreement on the contentious Teesta river water issue, PM Modi said, "Teesta is important for India, for Bangladesh and for India-Bangladesh relationship".

She will visit Ajmer in the western state of Rajasthan Sunday and will meet Indian business leaders Monday.

The two PM's launched the Maitree Express train that will run between Kolkata and Khulna in Bangladesh and bus services between Kolkata and Dhaka via Khulna.

"India and Bangladesh are also determined that the fruits of our cooperation must benefit our people", Modi said. "Today, we added an additional 60 MW of power to the 600 MW already flowing from India to Bangladesh".

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April. 8 (ANI): India and Bangladesh on Saturday signed pacts and agreed to cooperate in the areas of judicial training, navigation and Earth Sciences.

The views assume significance with Pakistan blocking several regional initiatives at SAARC.

Under the Defence LoC pact, India will supply military hardware to Bangladesh. "In this regard, the leaders welcomed the signing of the inter-governmental agreement for cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy and other agreements related to nuclear cooperation". She has also bought a Rajshahi silk sari for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mother.

India and Bangladesh signed a slew of agreements on Saturday, including a $4.5 billion concessionary line of credit from India for development projects in Bangladesh, as the South Asian neighbours try to deepen their ties. The Indian government had committed to the addition of another 500 MW under an existing inter-connection.

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