Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday put emphasis on further strengthening relationships among the neigbouring countries for ensuring their growth and prosperity.
"From the very beginning I have been convinced that with the leaders of the neighboring countries there should be relationship like neighbours," he said while jointly flagging off Khulna-Kolkata "Bandhan Express" train service with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina through a videoconferencing.
"I have full faith that if we enhance our relations and strengthen relationships between people, we will touch new sky of growth and prosperity," he added.
The Bangladesh Prime Minister flagged off the train from her official Ganabhaban residence in Dhaka, while Narendra Modi accompanied by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj flagged off from his office in New Delhi.
The two Prime Ministers also inaugurated the "end-to-end" immigration and customs facilities of Dhaka-Kolkata "Maitree Express" train service and opened the second Bhairab Railway Bridge and the second Titas Railway Bridge through the videoconferencing.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also joined the inauguration through videoconferencing from West Bengal.