Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Bangladesh starting on Friday will be unique in many respects. After choosing Bangladesh for the foreign tour after the beginning of the Corona period, Modi has put forward the Neighborhood First Policy, while his agenda has also been kept special during this visit. Specifically, military cooperation will be discussed in the bilateral talks between Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina. Some proposals for connectivity projects and energy cooperation between the two leaders are also likely to be signed.
On Thursday, PM Modi has released a statement, which shows how much importance the Government of India is giving to this visit. Modi wrote, I am going to visit Bangladesh on 26-27 March 2021 at the invitation of PM Sheikh Hasina. I am happy that I am going to a neighboring country on my first foreign trip after the Kovid-19 epidemic. On Friday I will participate in the celebrations organized on the occasion of the National Day of Bangladesh and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
PM Modi will visit Jashoreswari Kali Temple:
During this visit, PM Modi will also visit the Jashoreswari Kali temple on March 27 and will offer prayers there. This temple is considered very important in Hindu society. It is considered to be one of the 51 Shaktipeeths. On the same day, PM will also visit Orakandi and will interact with the people of the Matua community there.
Modi has also praised the skilled leadership of PM Hasina for the economic progress of Bangladesh in recent years. He has also spoken of extending full cooperation to Bangladesh on behalf of India. It is worth mentioning that during the visit of PM Modi, both the said programs have been kept on 27th March and the first phase of elections in Bengal is on this day.
Sources in the Ministry of External Affairs said that military cooperation between India and Bangladesh has started in the last five years, but now it can be taken forward at a fast pace. Whatever the reasons of doubt between the two countries in the past are over and now they are looking at each other as close strategic partners.
India is already helping Bangladesh in the modernization and training of its military. In recent years, the expansion of connectivity projects with Bangladesh will also pave the way for military cooperation between the two countries going forward.