Narendra Modi: Pakistan has to shun terror for friendship

Narendra Modi: Pakistan has to shun terror for friendship

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi welcomes the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Ms. Sheikh Hasina, on her arrival, at Air Force Station Palam, in New Delhi on April 07, 2017.

A joint statement issued later said: "The two Prime Ministers also expressed their appreciation for the growing bilateral cooperation in the field of civil nuclear energy, especially in training and capacity building".

The civil nuclear pacts included cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy, one between the atomic energy boards of the two countries and another for a nuclear energy partnership.

Announcing an additional line of credit of United States dollars 500 million to Bangladesh for military supplies, Modi said it will be driven by the requirement of that country.

On the issue of Teesta water sharing issue, PM Modi said he was hopeful of an "early and acceptable solution" with the Bangladesh government.

However, the much-delayed Teesta water-sharing pact, that will determine the sharing of the river water between the two countries, has yet to be sealed, sources said.

The plan includes measures that ensure that cultivation in North Bengal is not being affected due to Teesta water sharing, while benefitting Bangladesh too.

“We are happy to receive the high powered business delegation accompanying the Prime Minister.

"There is a thought in South Asia opposed to the approach of India and Bangladesh to promote development; this thought nurtures and promotes terrorism", Modi said, taking a jibe at Pakistan.

As many as 1,661 Indian soldiers were killed in the Bangladesh Liberation War, and in another move that will increase goodwill, the Sheikh Hasina government has made a decision to allocate Rs 100 crore to felicitate all of them.

The Bangladesh Prime Minister stressed that the main intention of the two countries is to improve the living conditions of the people of South Asia.

He was speaking at a ceremony where families of martyrs of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War were felicitated. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was present during the discussion and also at the lunch that followed.

The Prime Minister said the genocide by Pakistan in 1971 was undertaken to wipe out an entire generation of Bangladesh and every person who was proud of the idea of Bangladesh was eliminated.

At an event to honour 1,661 Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the 1971 war for Bangladesh's independence, Modi announced that India would offer free medical treatment to freedom fighters of the Bangladesh Liberation War and scholarships to their children. "The supply of another 500 Mw has already been committed from the existing connection", he said.

He also said, "Connectivity is crucial".

The new bus service, which was flagged off from the West Bengal secretariat in Howrah, will ply between Kolkata and Bangladesh capital Dhaka, via Khulna.

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