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Hasina, Modi reaffirm boosting Bangladesh-India relations

Congress leaders Sonia, Rahul, Priyanka call on PM Hasina

Published : Tuesday, 11 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 268

Hasina, Modi reaffirm boosting Bangladesh-India relations

Hasina, Modi reaffirm boosting Bangladesh-India relations

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi hopes that the existing bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries would be further deepened in the future.

"The two leaders have expressed their hopes that the existing bilateral relations will be deepened further in the days to come," Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud told media at a news briefing in New Delhi on Monday, according to a Foreign Ministry press release.

Meanwhile, Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, along with former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday at ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi where she was staying.

"It was a courtesy call because of long-standing close links between the Gandhi family and the Hasina family," a senior Congress leader said without elaborating.

The bonhomie between Hasina and the Gandhi family came forth as the PM was warmly hugged by Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka.

The Bangladesh PM was in the Indian capital to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers.

Sheikh Hasina reached in New Delhi on Saturday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the cabinet of Modi government.

Modis BJP-led National Democratic Alliance won the general election with 293 seats while Indias opposition led by Congress secured 234 seats.

Modi was sworn in as Indian Prime Minister for third consecutive term along with his 72-member council of ministers of his coalition government on Sunday evening.

Hasina, Modi reaffirm boosting Bangladesh-India relations

Hasina, Modi reaffirm boosting Bangladesh-India relations

Expressing gratitude to foreign dignitaries who joined the swearing-in ceremony, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday told India will always work closely with their valued partners in pursuit of human progress.

"I am grateful to all the foreign dignitaries who joined the swearing in ceremony. India will always work closely with our valued partners in pursuit of human progress," he said.

Modi conveyed the message through his verified social media handle X, formerly known as Twitter.

The bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India have reached a new height under the prudent leadership of Sheikh Hasian and Narendra Modi, however, the two leaders sat at a one-to-one meeting (tete-e-tete) after the Indians Primer swearing-in ceremony of the cabinet on Sunday evening.

 "It (meeting) was held in a very warm and friendly atmosphere, however, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina invited her Indian counterpart to visit Dhaka at his convenient time," Hasan said.

Replying to a query about expectations from each other as the Modi government has run his state for the last 10 years along with Sheikh Hasinas tenure for already 15 years in Bangladesh, the Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud has replied that Bangladesh and India have multifaceted relations.

"Many issues are involved between the two countries. As both the governments continue, there have some benefits in doing work together," he added.

The people from both countries are being benefitted in terms of different aspects that include connectivity from the friendly relations of both nations, he added.

"Our multi-dimensional deep relations will spread and be deepened further in future," Hasan hoped.

Senior Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Md Mustafizur Rahman and PMs new Press Secretary M Nayeemul Islam Khan were present at the press briefing.

The foreign leaders, including Bangladesh Prime Minister, went to the oath-taking podium to greet Modi one after another as he took oath as the Indian premier for a third consecutive term.

 As the Bangladesh premier, clad in light purple, approached to her Indian counterpart, Modi extended his hand to Sheikh Hasina. They shook hands there.

Both the leaders exchanged brief pleasantries and inquired about each other.

Foreign Minister said Modi then accompanied the Bangladesh premier to the banquet hall for dinner, hosted by Indian President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday evening.

Bangladesh Prime Minister entered the Rashtrapati Bhavan to attend the oath-taking ceremony with her daughter Saima Wazed, who is now in New Delhi as Regional Director for World Health Organization South-East Asia Region.
Top leaders from Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, Mauritius, and Seychelles attended the swearing-in ceremony of Modi.  

Two separate bilateral meetings were held between Bangladesh Prime Minister and President of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe and Indian External Affairs Minister on Monday morning at her Hotel in New Delhi.

Earlier on Sunday morning, Sheikh Hasina met with BJP Senior Leader LK Advani at his New Delhi residence and exchanged pleasantries.

Later in the afternoon, Bhutanese Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay paid a courtesy call on the Bangladesh Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returns to Dhaka on Monday night.

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