Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina of his country's full support for overall development of Bangladesh.
Both the Prime Ministers, currently in New York to attend the 69th United Nations General Assembly, met on Saturdayfor the first time on the sidelines of the UNGA. After the meeting, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told journalists Modi assured that India would continue to assist Bangladesh in all aspects for its growth. Hasina during the meeting urged Modi to take sincere steps to resolve the unsettled matters including the two most important issues - Teesta water sharing treaty and the land boundary agreement.
Haque said as the Prime Minister brought up several issues for discussion, Modi assured that he was 'looking for ways to resolve them.' Modi also responded positively when Hasina urged him to take measures to remove the barriers that obstruct Bangladesh's direct land communications plan with Nepal and Bhutan.
Accepting Hasina's invitation to visit Bangladesh, Modi assured to keep his promise of visiting the neighbours. Mentioning Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's role in Bangladesh's independence, the Indian prime minister also praised his daughter's leadership, Haque said. He quoted Modi as saying, "Bangabandhu founded Bangladesh and his daughter saved Bangladesh."Narendra Modi, who became the new Prime Minister only four months ago, made the same remarks when Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali recently called on him. Since he came to power, the hard-line BJP leader had been pledging good relations with the neighbouring countries.
Highlighting the significance of cooperation between the neighbours, Modi recently said that 'the past, present and future of India and Bangladesh are interlinked'. The remark had put to rest all speculations surrounding Bangladesh's relations with the new regime in Delhi that took over in May. The meeting between Hasina and Modi took place at the New York Palace Hotel on Saturday after the Bangladesh Prime Minister addressed the UNGA. Modi is staying at this hotel. Hasina is staying at the Grand Hyatt.