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Bangladesh's PM Calls for Strengthened Business Ties with India


Bangladesh's prime minister is calling for enhanced business cooperation between her country and India.

In a speech Tuesday in New Delhi, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh would "certainly appreciate India's favorable response" to more duty-free access, the removal of non-tariff barriers and an improve trade infrastructure in India.

She also told business leaders India and Bangladesh have agreed to open small markets -- known as "haats" -- along the border between the two countries.

Ms. Hasina's comments followed her meeting Monday with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The two signed agreements on cross-border terrorism and crime that should make it easier for India to extradite wanted criminals and militants.

The two countries also announced agreements for additional economic assistance for improving Bangladesh's infrastructure and electrical power grid.

The prime ministers are expected to sign a joint communique Tuesday.

Golam Sarwar, political analyst and editor of Daily Shomokal, joins VOA from New Delhi to report further on this.

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