The India prime minister along with the Bangladesh PM were guests at the convocation of Visva-Bharati University in Shantiniketan on Friday
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his country and Bangladesh are two separate countries, but the interests of the two neighbouring countries are entwined.
He made the remark during his speech at the convocation of Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal and after inaugurating Bangladesh Bhavan on the campus on Friday, reports NDTV.
“Our countries are joined in cooperation and collaboration… our interests are entwined. Be it culture or public policy, we learn a lot from each other,” Modi said.
He said the two countries have many bonds of unity. Shantiniketan is a symbol of unity which neither the British nor the politics of Partition could divide.
The shared resolve of Bangladesh and India against cruelty and terrorism will continue to inspire the future generations through Bangladesh Bhavan, he added.
The Indian PM said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of PM Sheikh Hasina, is as respected in India as he is in Bangladesh.
Modi said this is the golden period of India-Bangladesh relationship.
He congratulated PM Sheikh Hasina and the people of Bangladesh for having launched their first geostationary satellite. “I am sure our countries will cooperate even more in the future in the arena of space technology.”
The Indian PM said both the countries face similar challenges like climate change. “But our goals are similar too - like electrifying every last home, ensuring affordable healthcare for all, etc.”
In his speech, Modi said in Bangla that he was delighted to visit Shantiniketan.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended the convocation as the guest of honour. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was also present.
Earlier, PM Hasina and Modi jointly inaugurated Bangladesh Bhavan on campus.
The building, a symbol of cultural ties between the two neighbours, has been constructed at a cost of Rs25 crore provided by the Bangladesh government.
It features a museum that showcases Rabindranath Tagore’s association with the country, Bangladesh’s Liberation War, and Indo-Bangla relations.