‘You are not alone in your fight against terror, India’s support to you always’: Indian PM Modi to Sheikh Hasina

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Dhaka, July 21: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reiterated that his country will extend all cooperation to Bangladesh in its fight against terrorism and militancy.

“You are not alone in your fight against terror. India will always fully support you in all your efforts to fight this menace,” said Modi while jointly inaugurating the Petrapole Integrated Check post on Thursday afternoon.

Prime Minister Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly opened the facility through video conferencing.Hasina-Modi

Modi began his speech by extending Eid greetings and conveying condolences. “I extend Eid greetings to Bangladesh PM and its citizens…I condemn the terror attack on Eid congregation in Kishoreganj.”

The opening of the Petrapole check-post will not only promote bilateral trade but also help economic growth in both countries, Modi said.

He said eight such integrated control points would be set up along the India-Bangladesh border in course of time.

“…Linking nations, connecting destinies,” said Modi during the tele-inauguration of the Petrapole Check post with Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Petrapole-Benapole is the biggest land port in South Asia. The check-post will facilitate smooth movement of people, goods, and transport vehicles.Modi - Hasina

Trade worth more than Rs 150 billion is enabled through the Petrapole ICP and close to 1.5 million people and 150,000 trucks pass through it.

Petrapole-Benapole land border crossing is an important one for India and Bangladesh as 50 per cent of the trade passes through Petrapole. The Petrapole checkpost will also serve to foster greater economic integration and connectivity between both countries.

Petrapole ICP will aim to provide better facilities for effective and efficient discharge of functions such as security, immigration, customs. It will also provide support facilities for smooth cross-border movement of people, goods and transport.

Bangladesh High Commissioner and other officials were present along with Prime Minister Modi during the programme.