Jaishankar calls on Sheikh Hasina India-Bangladesh Special Partnership

Jaishankar calls on Sheikh Hasina India-Bangladesh Special Partnership

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Jaishankar calls on Sheikh Hasina India-Bangladesh Special Partnership

Over the years, India and Bangladesh have forged a very strong relationship, marked by a common history, culture, and geography.

Once a part of belligerent Pakistan, now Bangladesh is an independent vibrant democracy.

India and Bangladesh the two neighbours enjoy warm ties, which have further expanded under the leadership of PM Modi and Sheikh Hasina.

PM Hasina has arrived in India on a State visit from June 21 to 22 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Shri Kirtivardhan Singh, External Affairs Minister of State (MoS) welcomed the visiting Bangladesh PM at the airport earlier today. This is the first incoming bilateral State Visit after the formation of the government in India following the 18th Lok Sabha elections, MEA said in a statement a day ago. This visit will give a “major boost” to India-Bangladesh ties, Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, Randhir Jaiswal said in a social media post.

During the visit, apart from holding bilateral consultations with the Prime Minister, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to call on the President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar.

Shri S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister, called on the visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina here in the national capital on Friday. Following the meeting, Jaishankar said that the Bangladesh PM’s State visit highlights “close and abiding ties” between the two countries.

“Delighted to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh this evening. Her State visit to India underlines our close and abiding ties. Appreciate her guidance on the further development of our special partnership,” said EAM Jaishankar in a post on X.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was among the international leaders who attended the swearing-in ceremony of the Prime Minister and the Union Council of Ministers on June 9. The year 2023 witnessed a spur of bilateral activities between both countries as an embodiment of the strength of the relationship. Both Prime Ministers jointly inaugurated the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline on March 18 in a virtual format.

PM Sheikh Hasina also participated virtually in the Inaugural Session of the Voice of the Global South Summit on January 11, 2023 and the second Virtual Voice of the Global South Summit on November 17, 2023.

As a Guest Country invited to India’s G20 Presidency in 2023, Bangladesh participated under various tracks at the Ministerial level including the former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, AK Abdul Momen in the G20 Foreign Ministers Meeting and G-20 Development Ministers Meeting in March 2023 and June 2023 respectively.

Both Prime Ministers jointly inaugurated three Indian-assisted development cooperation projects in Bangladesh on 1 November 2023 virtually.

The projects are the Akhaura-Agartala cross border rail link, Khulna-Mongla Port rail line and Unit II of Maitree Super Thermal Power Plant, according to the MEA.