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India to set up coastal radar system in Bangladesh

India will set up a coastal surveillance radar system in Bangladesh to build a closer maritime security partnership between the two countries. 

Oct 7, 2019 11:09 IST
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India and Bangladesh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up a coastal surveillance radar system in Bangladesh to harness bilateral defence cooperation and to build a closer maritime security partnership between the two countries. 

India and Bangladesh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up a coastal surveillance radar system in Bangladesh to harness bilateral defence cooperation and to build a closer maritime security partnership between the two countries. 

The MoU on coastal radar system was a part of the seven agreements signed after a summit meeting between PM Narendra Modi and visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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Besides this, the leaders of the two nations jointly inaugurated three bilateral development partnership projects including bulk LPG import from Bangladesh and an agreement on a series of steps to boost connectivity through water, air and land. 

Following are the agreements signed between India and Bangladesh

1. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on use of Chattogram and Mongla Ports for movement of goods to and from India.

2. Agreement on the withdrawal of 1.82 cusecs of water from Feni river by India for drinking water supply scheme to the Sabroom town in Tripura.

3. Agreement on the implementation of the Lines of Credit (LoCs).

4. Agreement between the University of Hyderabad and the University of Dhaka.

5. Agreement on renewal of cultural exchange programme.

6. Agreement on cooperation in youth affairs.

Joint Statement: Key Highlights

Defence Cooperation 

In the joint statement, issued after the high-level meeting between the leaders of the two nations, the leaders recognised the need to increase cooperation in defence to enable a more secure and integrated neighbourhood, taking into consideration India and Bangladesh’s long history of cooperation from the joint operation of both forces during the Great Liberation War of Bangladesh in December 1971. 

The two leaders also agreed to expedite work towards drawing upon the defence line of credit worth USD 500 million, which has been offered by India to Bangladesh. The credit line’s implementation arrangements were finalised in April 2019.

Maritime Partnership

PM Modi and the Bangladeshi PM welcomed the initiatives for the development of closer maritime security partnership. They also noted the progress made in finalisation of the agreement on the establishment of the coastal surveillance radar system in Bangladesh.

Road, rail, air and water connectivity 

The leaders also recognised that boosting road, rail, air and water connectivity will be mutually beneficial for enhancing economic cooperation between Bangladesh and North-East India and beyond. 

The leaders also welcomed the conclusion of SOPs for the use of two Bangladesh ports to enable movement of goods, especially to and from North-East India. The leaders agreed that the move will be mutually beneficial for both economies.

The two leaders also underlined the immense potential of cargo movement using the inland waterways and coastal shipping trade. For the same, they welcomed the decision to operationalize the Dhulian-Gadagari-Rajshahi-Daulatdia-Aricha Route and include Daudkandi-Sonamura Route under Protocol on inland water transit and trade.

The leaders also agreed to hasten discussions on the modalities for further use of each others' seaports for trans-shipment of their respective export cargoes.

The leaders also agreed to implement the BBIN Motor Vehicles Agreement to enable movement of goods and passengers between India and Bangladesh, who are willing and ready or to work towards a bilateral India-Bangladesh Motor Vehicles Agreement.

They also welcomed the plans to commence the Dhaka-Siliguri bus service. They also directed their Joint River Commission’s technical level committee to exchange the updated data and information and prepare the draft framework for interim sharing agreements for six rivers including Gumti, Dharla, Dhushkumar, Manu, Muhuri and Khowai. 

The technical committee has also been directed to firm up the draft framework of the interim sharing agreement of Feni river.

The two leaders also recognised the immense potential of cooperation between the two countries in the rail sector. They also agreed to hasten the completion of modalities to provide railway rolling stock supplies to Bangladesh and modernise the Saidpur workshop in Bangladesh.

The leaders also welcomed the decision to increase the capacity entitlement in air services from the existing 61 services per week to 91 services per week with effect from Summer 2019 schedule. The air services will be further extended to 120 services per week with effect from the winter 2020 schedule. 

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