New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today returned home after wrapping up his two-day visit to Bangladesh during which the two countries signed 22 pacts to deepen cooperation besides ratifying the historic Land Boundary Agreement or LBA.
"Thank you Bangladesh. The visit will remain forever etched in my memory. Outcomes of the visit will lead to a stronger partnership," the Prime Minister tweeted before departing for New Delhi.
Referring to the ratification of the LBA,PM Modi said, "Most importantly, we successfully overcame long pending issues of the past and this will enable us to create a better future for our ties."
Yesterday, PM Modi engaged in extensive talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina following which the pacts were signed which included an agreement on coastal shipping, an MoU on setting up of Indian Economic Zones and allowing Life Insurance Corporation to operate in the country.
In a major initiative to boost connectivity and enhance people-to-people contact, two bus services --
Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala and Dhaka-Shillong-Guwahati - were also flagged off jointly by PM Modi, Bagladesh PM Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Today PM Modi called on President Abdul Hamid and met leaders of all political parties who complimented him for bringing political unity in India to ensure the passage of a bill to implement the LBA.
In the afternoon, PM Modi received the prestigious Bangladesh Liberation War Honour on behalf of former premier Atal Bihari Vajpayee.