Dhaka – The bilateral meeting between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi began in New Delhi to resolve outstanding issues between the two countries.
The next-door neighbours are expected to sign a number of agreements and Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in different sectors, diplomatic sources in Dhaka and New Delhi said.
The bilateral meeting began in the noontime at Hyderabad House in New Delhi as Bangladeshi Premier is on a four-day visit to India.
Earlier, Hasina was accorded a warm ceremonial reception by Indian Premier Narendra Modi at the Forecourt of Rastrapati Bhaban in New Delhi.
On her arrival at the Forecourt of the Presidential Palace around 9:15 am local time, the Bangladesh prime minister was received by Narendra Modi.
A horse mounting team of the President’s Body Guards escorted the PM’s motorcade from the Rastrapati Bhaban gate to the Forecourt.
Later, Hasina was given a guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent drawn from three services of the Indian Armed Forces.
The national anthems of two countries were played at that time. Hasina then inspected the guard and took salute.
Then the Indian prime minister introduced his cabinet colleagues to Hasina at the presentation line. The Bangladesh premier also introduced her entourage members to Modi.
Indian Rural Development Minister Ram Kripal Yadav, Home Minister Hangsha Raj, Minister for Power Piyush Goyal, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, State Minister for Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh, State Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriya, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat and Lt. Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal were present.
Bangladesh’s Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Law Minister Anisul Haq, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam and members of her entourage were present.
Hasina, who arrived in New Delhi on Friday on a four-day official visit at the invitation of her Indian counterpart, paid respect to Father of the Nation of India Mahatma Gandhi.
She placed a wreath at the altar of the Samadhi (memorial) of Mahatma Gandhi, the preeminent leader of the Indian independence and civil right movements, at Rajghat.
After placing the wreath, she stood in solemn silence for some time as a mark of profound respect to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Sheikh Hasina later spread flower petals on the crematory of Mahatma Gandhi and signed the visitors’ book there.
Rajghat is a memorial on the bank of the Yamuna River dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Gandhi’s cremation.