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Narendra Modi flags off India-Bangladesh cross-border train Bandhan Express with Sheikh Hasina, Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: A new passenger train service between Kolkata and Bangladeshs southwestern industrial city of Khulna was on Thursday flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina and the West Bengal chief minister.

File image of  Narendra Modi and Sheik Hasina. AFP

File image of Narendra Modi and Sheik Hasina. AFP

The three leaders launched the train through video conference.

A fully air-conditioned weekly passenger train service Bandhan Express will run every Thursday from both Kolkata and Khulna.

On the occasion, Modi said the ties of friendship between India and Bangladesh have further strengthened.

"I congratulate the people of the two countries on this auspicious occasion. Our ties of friendship got more strengthened today", Modi said.

They also inaugurated two bridges over the rivers Meghna and Titas in Bangladesh.

Hasina said, "Today is a great day for relations between the two countries with the inauguration of the train services and the two bridges. This train service is a dream come true for people on both sides of the border."

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee described the launch as a remarkable day for India and Bangladesh.

"The relations between the two countries will strengthen in the future," she said.

Immigration and customs facilities were also inaugurated at Kolkata station.

Published Date: Nov 09, 2017 13:09 PM | Updated Date: Nov 09, 2017 13:09 PM

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