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PM Hasina, Modi pledge to raise ties to new height

They recognized the importance of rapidly completing ongoing plans for deepening the partnership in security, trade, transportation, energy, and people-to-people ties

Update : 25 May 2019, 08:13 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, have pledged to continue to raise the relationship between the two countries to an "unprecedented new height."

They recognized the importance of rapidly completing ongoing plans for deepening the partnership in security, trade, transportation, energy, and people-to-people ties.

Doing so within the next three years will have specific significance, in view of the birth centenary of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020, and the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's Liberation in 2021, according to a media release issued by the Indian Prime Minister's Office.

The leaders also agreed to set up dates for a meeting at the earliest to resume work on services towards the bilateral relationship, reports UNB.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina became one of the first foreign leaders to congratulate the Indian prime minister, thus reflecting the "extraordinarily close and cordial ties" between India and Bangladesh, and the excellent rapport that the two leaders enjoy, the release added.

Prime Minister Hasina spoke to Modi, on Thursday, to extend her congratulations on the clear mandate given by the people of India to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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