Narendra Modi: India committed to Bangladesh's socio-eco development

Written by PTI | Updated: Sep 20 2014, 10:53am hrs
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who assured him of India's resolve to continue extending full support to Bangladesh's efforts for its socio-economic development.

The Prime Minister called for greater cooperation between India and Bangladesh in the areas of energy, power, infrastructure development and tourism during the meeting with Ali, who expressed appreciation for the special emphasis given by Modi government to relations with the SAARC region.

The Bangladeshi Foreign Minister, who is here to attend third meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission, also conveyed the strong desire of the people and Government of Bangladesh to further strengthen and deepen relations with India.

The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for his counterpart Sheikh Hasina's personal interest and commitment to the relationship, according to a PMO statement here.

"He reiterated India's resolve to continue extending full support to the efforts of Bangladesh for its socio-economic development. In this context, he called for greater cooperation between India and Bangladesh in the areas of energy, power, infrastructure development and tourism," the statement added.

Modi also underscored the need to take concrete steps to promote bilateral trade and investment while noting the complementarity in the geographical locations of India and Bangladesh.

"It was agreed that improved connectivity through development of transportation (road, rail, inland waterways, shipping and air) links would facilitate economic cooperation and strengthen people-to-people ties," the statement added.

Ali extended an invitation on behalf of Hasina to the Prime Minister to visit Bangladesh to which Modi said that he looked forward to visiting Bangladesh at the earliest convenience.