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As 'Pink' Test gets underway, Mamata meets Hasina; discusses bilateral issues

Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a city hotel on Friday evening and discussed a few important bilateral issues.

After the meeting, Banerjee said that she had a "very cordial meeting" with Hasina and invited her to come to the city again.

"We share a friendly relationship with Bangladesh. We have a historical relationship. I am delighted to have a discussion with the Bangladesh Prime Minister on bilateral issues. It was more of a courtesy meeting. I hope that the relationship flourishes," Banerjee stated.

Following the meeting, Hasina reminisced how the relationship between the two countries has evolved. "I always remember the contribution of Bengal in giving shelter to the refugees during the independence movement of Bangladesh," she said.

"We have the finest relationship with India and we always cherish it. We hope that the friendly relationship between the two neighbouring countries remains intact. We are not doing well in cricket but I hope that we will perform better in the future," Hasina told reporters on Friday.

Incidentally, Bangladesh performed poorly on the first day of India's maiden Day/Night Test match at Eden Gardens. Hasina is on a day's visit to the city to inaugurate the match between India and Bangladesh.

It is presumed that a number of bilateral issues including the strengthening of trade ties between the two countries found place during the meeting of the two leaders.

Earlier in the day, the Bangladesh Prime Minister and the Chief Minister attended the historic Test at Eden Gardens.

They inaugurated the match in presence of BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and former cricketing legends including Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman. It may be mentioned here that this was the first time that Hasina attended a cricket match at Eden Gardens.

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