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Hasina, Modi desire Dhaka-Delhi ties more cemented

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have expressed their desire that the existing bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries would be further strengthened in future.
“The two leaders have expressed their hopes that the existing bilateral relations between Bangladesh-India will be deepened further in the days to come,” Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud told a news briefing in New Delhi yesterday.
The expectations came at a one-to-one meeting (tete-e-tete) between the two prime ministers after the swearing-in ceremony of the cabinet of Modi government at Rashtrapati Bhaban on Sunday evening.
During the meeting held in a very warm and friendly atmosphere, the Bangladesh prime minister invited her Indian counterpart to visit Dhaka at his convenient time, Hasan said.
The bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India have reached a new height under the prudent lead-ership of Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi, he said.
The foreign minister said the two premiers later attended a banquet hosted by Indian President Smt. Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Senior Indian ministers, Bangladesh delegation, invited head of the other governments and states attend-ed the dinner where they had brief interactions, he said.
Hasan said they also had exchanged pleasantries at that time.
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 Hasina’s tenure for already 15 years in Bangladesh; the foreign minister said Bangladesh and India have multifaceted relations.
“Many issues are involved between the two countries. As both the governments continue, there are some benefits in doing work together,” he said.
The people from both the countries are being benefitted in terms of different aspects that include connec-tivity from the friendly relations of both the nations, he added.
“Our multi-dimensional deep relations will spread and be consolidated further in future,” Hasan hoped.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Md Mustafizur Rahman and PM’s Press Secretary M Nayeemul Islam Khan were present, among others, at the briefing.
Sheikh Hasina also held separate meetings with President of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe and Union Minister of India and its former External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar at her Place of Residence here this morning.
The Bangladesh prime minister arrived in New Delhi on Saturday to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the new Indian government at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
Sheikh Hasina reached Dhaka from the Indian capital this evening.

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