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India, Bangladesh sign two accords

The agreements were signed following talks between Manmohan and Khaleda.
None | By Indo-Asian News Service, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2006 10:37 AM IST

India and Bangladesh on Tuesday signed two agreements on bilateral trade and mutual cooperation in combating cross-border smuggling of narcotics.

The agreements were signed at Hyderabad House following talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his visiting Bangladesh counterpart Khaleda Zia.

The two leaders discussed a wide range of bilateral and global issues including border security, illegal migration, terrorism and trade deficit.

Commerce Minister Kamal Nath and Bangladesh Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan signed the agreement for mutual cooperation to prevent illicit trafficking in narcotics and psychotropic substances.

Nath and Bangladesh Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman inked the revised trade accord.

Earlier in the day, Zia, who arrived in New Delhi on Monday on a three-day visit, was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

"A strong and prosperous Bangladesh is in the interests of India, South Asia and the Asian region as a whole," Manmohan Singh told reporters at the presidential palace.

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