Bangladesh PM Hasina expected to attend swearing-in ceremony of Modi


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to leave Dhaka for New Delhi on Friday to join the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as India's prime minister for a third consecutive term, her aide said on Thursday.

Hasina on Wednesday had a phone conversation with Modi, who invited her to attend his swearing-in ceremony which she accepted, diplomatic sources said

Prime Minister Hasina will leave Dhaka for New Delhi at 4pm tomorrow to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Modi, her speech writer M Nazrul Islam was quoted as saying by the state-run BSS.

Hasina was among the first foreign leaders to congratulate the Prime Minister, reflecting the warmth and personal rapport between the two leaders

In January, Prime Minister Modi had congratulated Hasina for securing a record fourth straight term in office.

The two leaders pledged to continue working together to further deepen the historic and close ties under the renewed mandate towards achieving under the vision of Viksit Bharat 2047 and Smart Bangladesh 2041, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday.

They acknowledged the significant improvements achieved in the lives of the people of both countries in the last decade and looked forward to further enhancing the transformative relationship across all domains that include economic and development partnership, energy security, connectivity including digital linkages and people-to-people contacts among others, it added.

Modi is all set to take charge as the prime minister for a historic third consecutive term with the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) winning 293 seats in the Lok Sabha polls.

Top leaders of Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and Mauritius are also likely to attend Modi's oath-taking ceremony.

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