Joint Consultative Commission or FM level talks soon: Delhi

Dhaka, Aug 19 – India has proposed to establish bilateral air bubble arrangement with Bangladesh amid COVID-19 like other countries including France and Germany, said a diplomatic source. Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday night met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discussed ways of strengthening cooperation between the two countries.
India is negotiating with a number of countries to establish separate bilateral air bubble arrangements for international flight operations.
Under a bilateral air bubble pact, airlines of both the countries can operate international flights with certain restrictions.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das at a media briefing with a small group of reporters at Hotel Sonargaon said Shringla is visiting Dhaka to convey a message that Bangladesh and India have deep relations and reiterated that they will continue to be a development partner of Bangladesh.
“India has special and close relations with Bangladesh. Therefore, the Foreign Secretary has come to meet the Prime Minister with this message even during this pandemic,” she said.
Virtual JCC
India has also proposed to hold the next Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) or FM-level talks in virtual format as soon as possible.
“We want to do it as soon as possible,” an Indian government source said adding that both sides will find a convenient date.
During the meeting, Rohingya issue was also discussed and both sides laid emphasis on safe, secure and sustainable Rohingya repatriation.
Shringla met the Prime Minister at the Gonobhaban around 7:30pm. The meeting lasted about an hour.
There has been no statement as yet from the Prime Minister’s Office on the meeting.
The IndianForeign Secretary Shringla is on a visit to Dhaka to discuss and take forward cooperation on matters of mutual interest, said the Indian HighCommission in Dhaka soon after his arrival.
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen will hold a bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart on Wednesday. News Desk with UNB