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Indian, Bangladeshi PMs Jointly Inaugurate Integrated Check Post

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday jointly inaugurated the Petrapole Integrated Check Post through video conferencing. "We are together on the path of development and this is an important milestone in our cooperation," said Modi.

"We are close neighbours and will promote cooperation in the interest of the people of our country. We are friends and this communication is for the interest of the masses," Hasina replied. While Modi spoke in Hindi, Hasina spoke in Bengali. Petrapole is in North 24 Parganas district of India's eastern state of West Bengal and located 82 km from Kolkata.

A large number of trucks carrying commodities travel to Bangladesh through this Indian Customs land port each day while vehicles carrying goods come to India. A large number of people of both countries also travel through this integrated check post (ICP) which has been built on 80 acres of land and is one of the largest ICPs in Asia.

Talking about terrorism following the IS attack at Holey Horizon Cafe at the posh locality Gulshan in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka earlier this month, Modi assured Hasina of his support. "Do not feel you are alone in the fight against terrorism. We are together in our fight against terrorism and India is beside you," said Modi.

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