Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)-Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday evening left Dhaka for New Delhi wrapping up his two-day visit which he termed as “a special moment” for him.
A special aircraft carrying the Indian PM took off at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina, her cabinet members and chief of three forces and other top officials were present at the airport to bide the Indian PM farewell.
Modi started his day Sunday, offering prayers at the famous 12th-Century Dhakeshwari temple in Dhaka, the most revered place for Hindus in Bangladesh.
He spent around 15 minutes at the temple, which was closed for the public at the time.
Modi then headed to the Ramakrishna Mission at Gopibagh, where he was greeted by the monks.
The Dhaka Ramakrishna Mission Math is a branch of the Belur Math, which PM Modi visited last month when he was in Kolkata.
Modi later visited the newly-constructed Indian High Commission’s chancery at Baridhara, where he also inaugurated six projects undertaken with grant-in-aid from India.
The PM also called on Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid and received Bangladesh’s Award of Liberation War Honour on behalf of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at a ceremony in Bangabhaban, the official resident of the president.
During the ceremony, he termed the event “inspiration for so many people” and said: “This day is a matter of pride for the people of India… If Atalji’s health permitted and he was present here, this occasion would be very different.”
Later in the afternoon, Modi had a meeting with Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia in Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka.
During the meeting, a delegation led by Khaleda have emphasised on democracy as a prerequisite for the development which Modi envisage for the entire region.
Modi, who described his visit to Bangladesh as “historic”, addressed the Indian community at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.
On the first day of his maiden visit on Saturday, India and Bangladesh ratified the historic Land Boundary Agreement which will simplify their 4,000-km border and clarify the identities of 52,000 people living in the enclaves.
The deal was signed in the presence of PM Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka.
PM Modi also signed 22 agreements aimed at boosting trade and transport links with Bangladesh.
These include deals on the movement of goods across borders and rail projects.
He also announced a fresh US $2 billion line of credit for Bangladesh and promised quick implementation of the earlier line of credit of US $800 million and full disbursement of US $200 million.
The media in Bangladesh today hailed PM Modi’s visit as the “dawn of a new era” and called the signing of the Land Boundary Agreement protocol as a “historic moment” in bilateral ties.