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Dhaka, Sep 6

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Dhaka Tuesday on a two-day visit.

Agreements, including a pact on border settlement that will involve a swap of enclaves in each other’s territories, is expected to be signed after talks between Manmohan Singh and his counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

Manmohan Singh will also call on Bangladesh President Mohammad Zillur Rahman and meet leaders of other political parties.

A day before leaving Dhaka, Manmohan Singh said in a statement: “As a close neighbour and friend, India is committed to extending its full support to Bangladesh in its development efforts.”

“Our partnership with Bangladesh is important for the stability and prosperity of our own northeast region. It is a partnership which can have a profound positive impact on the South Asian region as a whole,” the prime minister added.

Manmohan Singh is accompanied by the chief ministers of Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram on the trip. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did not go on the trip to protest the final draft of the Teesta river water sharing agreement.

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