This meeting was part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s discussions with world leaders and heads of government participating in the G20 Summit.
On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, engaged in political and security cooperation discussions as both nations signed three agreements, including one related to integrating their digital payment systems.
This meeting was part of Prime Minister Modi’s discussions with world leaders and heads of government participating in the ongoing G20 Summit in New Delhi. Bangladesh is one of the nine guest countries invited to this year’s G20 proceedings, which are presided over by India.
The meeting between Modi and Hasina at the official residence of the Indian leader lasted for nearly an hour and focused on several regional issues, including maintaining stability in South Asia and enhancing cooperation in fields such as security, trade, and energy. Those familiar with the matter said.
Both sides strengthened bilateral cooperation by signing three memoranda of understanding (MOUs), which include collaboration between the Indian National Payments Corporation (NPCI) and the Bangladesh Bank on digital payment systems integration.
Another MOU encompassed cooperation between the Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, while the third focused on the renewal of the Cultural Exchange Program for 2023-25.
Following the meeting, during a media briefing, Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen stated that both parties shared common perspectives on regional stability and security. Speaking in Dhaka, he said, “Regional peace and stability are vital for both countries and for South Asia, and India is with us.”
“Looking at the experiences from 2001 to 2006 when Bangladesh was known as a country of terrorism and jihadists, and 64 out of 63 districts had serial bombings, and a foreign diplomat was injured in a grenade attack and a grenade attack took place at Sheikh Hasina’s rally in 2004… we don’t want to go back to those days; we want progress for a developed Bangladesh,” Momen said.
Those familiar with the matter stated that the Bangladeshi side also assured that their discussions mainly focused on economic issues with China, while their cooperation with the Indian side was more strategic in nature.
A readout from the Ministry of External Affairs stated that Modi and Hasina discussed a wide range of issues, including political and security cooperation, border management, trade and connectivity, water resources, power, and energy, as well as development cooperation and people-to-people relations.
The leaders welcomed the operationalization of the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline and the launch of the second unit of the India-Bangladesh Friendship Power Plant.
Prime Minister Modi praised Bangladesh’s hosting of over a million displaced Rohingya from Myanmar and informed his Bangladeshi counterpart of India’s positive and constructive approach to their safe and sustainable repatriation.
Prime Minister Modi also held a bilateral meeting with Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, one of the guest nations at the G20. The leaders reviewed bilateral cooperation and emphasized the swift pace of bilateral exchanges and signings witnessed in the past year.