Modi meets Bangladesh PM

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    New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Prime Minister met his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina ahead of delegation-level bilateral talks here on Saturday.

    “A new spring in #IndiaBangladesh ties! PM @narendramodi receives PM Sheikh Hasina at Hyderabad House before talks,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.

    On Friday, in a special gesture, Modi personally received Sheikh Hasina at the airport when she arrived here on a four-day visit to India.

    This is the Bangladesh Prime Minister’s first bilateral visit to India in seven years since her visit in 2010.

    Over 20 agreements, including a civil nuclear agreement and two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on defence cooperation, are expected to be signed after Saturday’s bilateral talks.

    Modi will host a lunch banquet in honour of the visiting dignitary which will also be attended by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

    Both Prime Ministers will attend a function to honour Indian martyrs in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.

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