by Staff Correspondent, Dhaka;
Bangladesh and India have signed seven deals, including one on sharing of waters on one of the 54 trans-boundary rivers, with top leaders of the neighbouring countries emphasizing more cooperation on security, investment and power and energy amid the global economic downturn triggered by the Russia’s war on Ukraine.
The deals were signed in presence of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, who is on a four-day official visit to the Indian capital New Delhi.
According to foreign ministry communiqué, the two neighbours signed memorandum of understanding on withdrawal of Water by India and Bangladesh from common border river Kushiyara, a river that crossed through Bangladesh’s north-eastern Sylhet and Indian State of Assam.
Two MOUs are designed on cooperation agreement on railways between India and Bangladesh, under which Indian railway will impart training for Bangladeshi railway personnel and improve the IT system for Bangladesh Railway.
Capacity building of Bangladeshi judicial official by their Indian counterpart is covered under the MOU between National Judicial Academy of India and the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
The other agreements are signed between the India’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), cooperation in the Areas of Space Technology and MoU between the Prasar Bharti and Bangladesh Television (BTV) on Cooperation in Broadcasting.
Prior to the signing of the instruments, the two Prime Ministers held bilateral meeting at the Hyderabad House where issues involving mutual interests on security cooperation, investment, enhanced trade relations, power and energy sector cooperation featured for discussion.
Water sharing of common rivers, Rohingya repatriation, water resources management, border management, combating drug smuggling and human trafficking were also on the agendas.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina started her visit, first in three years, to New Delhi on Monday. She is expected to return to Dhaka on Thursday.
On her first day of India visit, Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar paid a courtesy call on the Bangladesh Premier at the summit room of her Place of Residence, ITC Maurya Hotel.
After the call-on, she visited the Nizamuddin Aulia’s Dargah and offered prayers.