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India, Bangladesh Sign Seven Agreements, Revive Railway Link

India and Bangladesh signed seven agreements in areas ranging from hydrocarbons to agriculture and revived a cross-border railway line that was snapped during the 1965 war with Pakistan during a virtual summit on Thursday. PM Modi his opening remarks at the summit with his counterpart Sheikh Hasina, described Bangladesh as an important pillar of India’s “neighbourhood first” policy. Hasina said both countries could move up global and regional value chains by further integrating their economies, and connectivity initiatives such as the resumption of the Chilahati-Haldibari rail link would be catalysts for this process. The seven agreements signed during the virtual summit covered cooperation in the hydrocarbons sector, agriculture and textiles, high impact community development projects to be carried out by India, trans-border elephant conservation, supply of equipment for improving garbage disposal in Bangladesh’s Barishal city, and terms of reference for creating a CEOs Forum. The two leaders virtually inaugurated the revived rail link, which will connect Assam to Bangladesh via West Bengal, launched a stamp on Bangabandhu Mujibur Rahman and inaugurated a digital exhibition of Rahman and Mahatma Gandhi that focuses on their contributions to the independence movements of the two countries.

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