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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 two leaders signed 22 agreements and witnessed the exchange of four pacts - cooperation in judicial sector, lines of credit, outer space and passenger and cruise services.

Modi announced a Line of Credit of Rs 3,213.5 crore for Bangladesh's defence procurement and Rs 28,921 crore for projects in priority sectors.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan as she was all said to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 8.

According to the joint statement, Hasina requested Modi for conclusion of the interim agreement on sharing of the water of Teesta and he said the Indian government is working with all stakeholders for its early conclusion. "I assure you and the people of Bangladesh of our commitment and continuing efforts", he said, adding he "firmly" believes that an early solution to the issue "can and will" be found. "This mentality obstructs development in whole region". "India is our most important neighbour", she said. "Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas" is not only limited to India but our neighbors development as well", he said at the "Sommanona Ceremony" honoring the Indian Martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the liberation war of Bangladesh.

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.

The two leaders along with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated two rail and a road connectivity project via video conference.

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"We discussed the sharing of common rivers, including the Teesta, the Padma-Ganga barrage and inland waterways", Hasina said about her meeting with Modi. Trains will run on the Khulna-Kolkata and Radhikapur-Birol routes. "And, steps are being taken to put into operation the coastal shipping agreement".

"This would usher in a new era of sub-regional integration", he said.

On the special economic zones (SEZ) for Indian business in Bangladesh, Modi appreciated Hasina for "assigning an area of 1,005 acres at Mirsarai for setting up an Indian SEZ".

Under the Defence LoC pact, India will supply military hardware to Bangladesh.

Hasina is the daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who led Bangladesh to independence from Pakistan in 1971.

Politically, Hasina can not accept such a solution, Bangladesh officials said, because it would amount to accepting defeat on the Teesta pact.

  • Sonia Alvarado