Modi, Hasina meet
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina held a meeting at the latter’s office this afternoon.
Hours into the Indian premier’s arrival in a 34-hour visit to Bangladesh – which is Modi’s maiden trip since swearing in last year – the two leaders met after the exchange of instruments of ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement.
Official spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup, tweeted: “Tete a tete between PM @narendramodi & PM Sheikh Hasina in the restricted format before delegation level talks.”
After the meeting, delegations of the two countries met at the Bangladesh Prime Minister's Office to discuss about gamut of bilateral relations.
After the delegation-level talks, Bangladesh and India exchanged several instruments.
Gift from India
Before the two leaders met for the tete-a-tete, Modi presented Hasina with a hand-woven tapestry.
The finely made tapestry from Venkatagiri, Andhra Pradesh, woven in Jamdani style, was handed over to Hasina.
Located in Nellore district in Andhra Pradesh, Venkatagiri is famous for handlooms, and its weavers have adopted the fine jamdani weaving technique while assimilating traditional designs of the region, such as the artwork in this tapestry that shows the Kalpavriksh tree and the Kamadhenu cow which are regarded as auspicious and bestower of prosperity, according to a description of the artwork on the Indian PM’s web portal narendramodi.in.
The tapestry has been woven using very fine cotton yarn and pure gold thread, with both the warp and the weft having the same count of cotton yarn, it describes.
The tapestry has been done by Nellore’s national award winning artist and master craftsman Shri Gowrabathini Ramanaiah.