Briefing reporters on Modi's visit to Dhaka, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said the two sides will exchange the instruments of ratification on the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), recently passed by Parliament to settle the 41-year-old border dispute. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be present at the exchange ceremony.
Apart from holding talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister will also meet prominent political leaders including Leader of the Opposition Raushon Ershad and former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia during his two-day visit, he said.
"Prime Minister's visit is very historic and the reason is the centrepiece -the conclusion of the LBA with Bangladesh, longest land boundary. This is the achievement with which the Prime Minister will go to Bangladesh and we will have the instruments of ratification exchanged. It is really not ordinarily achieved," the Foreign Secretary said.
He said the passage of LBA with Bangladesh by Parliament has generated lot of goodwill and confidence and will help better management of the 4096-km-long border, most of which was porous, and help tackling issues of illegal migrants and trafficking.
After the implementation of LBA, India was expecting movement of people to the country and had made arrangements for the same, the Foreign Secretary said.
"We support Bangladesh as a democracy, we note the commitment to a pluralistic way of life. We applaud them as a very responsible neighbour with whom we have really developed great relationship of mutual sensitivity."
While Teesta water sharing pact will not inked during Modi's visit, the issue of sharing of other river waters and waterways was expected to figure.

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