India, Bdesh ink two pacts

New Delhi, March 21 | Updated: Mar 22 2006, 05:30am hrs
India and Bangladesh on Tuesday night signed two agreements relating to revised bilateral trade and fight against cross-border smuggling of narcotics. The agreements were signed after two-hour talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Begum Khaleda Zia, which were followed by delegation-level meetings between the two sides.

The agreement for mutual cooperation for preventing illicit trafficking in narcotics and psychotropic substances and related matters was signed by commerce minister Kamal Nath and Bangladeshi foreign minister M Morshed Khan.

The revised trade accord was inked by Mr Nath and Bangladeshi finance minister Saifur Rahman.

Earlier, Begum Zia was received at the Rashtrapati Bhavan by the Prime Minister. Ms Zia, who arrived here on Monday on a three-day visit, had expressed hope that favourable conditions would be created for perceptible improvement in bilateral ties.