Neighbourhood first! Connecting with a neighbour and a close friend, PM Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina had a productive exchange of views on various issues of bilateral interest on the sidelines of CHOGM 2018,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
Both leaders are scheduled to hold talks on a wide range of issues, including infrastructure development and other regional matters,” an official familiar with the meeting added.The meeting is also expected to have finalised if a proposed visit by Sheikh Hasina to India in the coming months is likely to go ahead.During her last Indian visit, Bangladesh and India had signed an agreement on a 130-km oil pipeline for transporting oil from India to Bangladesh, with a capacity of 1-million tons per annum.
India sees itself as an important development partner of Bangladesh, having extended lines of credit of over $8-billion to the country in the last seven years – the largest amount of credit India has committed to a single country.Bilateral trade between the two nations almost tripled, from $2.75-billion in 2008-09 to $7.52-billion in 2016-17. On Friday, all the commonwealth leaders will head to Windsor Castle for their retreat, when the leaders get together in an informal setting without any pre-set agenda or being accompanied by their usual coterie of civil servants and advisers.(UNI)