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Dhaka, Delhi sign seven instruments

Bangladesh and India have signed seven bilateral documents, aiming to further strengthen the relations between the two countries.

The MoUs include a framework of Understanding on cooperation in hydrocarbon sector, framework agreement on “high impact community development projects, protocol on trans-boundary elephant conservation, MoU on supply of equipment and improvement of garbage/solid waste disposal ground in Barishal City Corporation, MoU on cooperation in the field of agriculture, MoU between the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Museum, Dhaka and National Museum, New Delhi, terms of reference of India-Bangladesh CEOs Forum..
Secretary or top official of the seven ministries and institutions concerned on behalf of Bangladesh and India’s High Commissioner Vikram Kumar Doraiswami signed on behalf of India at State Guesthouse Padma in the capital on Thursday.

Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, State Minister for Culture Khalid Hossain and Foreign Secretary Masud bin Momen were present at the MoU signing ceremony.

The virtual summit between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian PM Narendra Modi began around 11:30am.

Hasina and her counterpart Modi delivered their opening remarks.

The two premiers on the virtual platform also witnessed the reopening of an old railway link, Chilahati-Haldibari rail route, after 55 years since it was snapped during the India-Pakistan war in 1965.

During the meeting, the two leaders will comprehensively discuss different bilateral issues, including further strengthening of cooperation in the post-Covid era, diplomatic sources said.
A joint statement will be issued by the two countries.