Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed his aptitude in Bangla language again when he congratulated his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in their native language during the launch of the Khulna-Kolkata direct train service on Thursday.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of Bandhan Express via videoconference, Modi said: “Aaj amader moitrir bondhon aro sudrirro holo” which translates to “Today, our friendship becomes stronger.” He then resumed his speech in Hindi.
The Indian premier also conveyed best wishes to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her speedy recovery on behalf of the people of India.
“I firmly believe that neighbouring countries should act more like neighbours. We should get in touch whenever we wish, and visit each other whenever we feel like doing so. Protocols should not be a barrier,” he said.
Modi added that the most important focus should be on the connectivity among people.
The Indian prime minister also expressed joy over the fact that India was an important development partner of Bangladesh now, and diplomatic ties between the countries had reached new heights.
Modi ended his speech on a note of thanks to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Earlier on Thursday morning, Hasina and Modi jointly flagged off the Khulna-Kolkata train service and opened two bridges on railway routes connecting Dhaka with Sylhet and Chittagong through the videoconference.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune