Modi’s Bangladesh visit: Jaishankar due Thursday

Dhaka, Mar 3 – Bangladesh looks forward to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit this month to take forward the bilateral relations with some deliverables, said State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Tuesday. Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Thursday on a brief visit to discuss the forthcoming visit of Modi.
“There’re always some expectations centring all the visits, or least to take forward the issues through discussions,” said the Bangladesh State Minister adding that they keep deliverables for the big visit.
The Indian External Affairs Minister is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen, State Minister Alam told reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the evening.
Jaishankar is likely to arrive by a special aircraft at 10 am on Thursday and will leave Dhaka the same day, an official told UNB.
The bilateral talks between Momen and Jaishankar will be held at State guesthouse Padma from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. They are likely to brief media jointly after the talks.
The Foreign Minister will host lunch in honour of his Indian counterpart at a city hotel.
Modi’s planned visit to Bangladesh on March 26-27 will be his first trip abroad in more than a year, mainly because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bangladesh is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of independence and 50 years of Bangladesh-India diplomatic relations this year.
The State Minister highlighted the deepness of the relations between Bangladesh and India and mentioned that Bangladesh will host some important events from March 17-26.
Asked about the agenda of the meeting during the Indian External Affairs Minister’s visit, he said there is always something on the table to discuss.
He talked about connectivity, trade and regional cooperation mentioning that Covid-19 has not only “created health emergency but also economic emergency.”
The State Minister said they will discuss all the issues, including outstanding issues, and the water issue will always remain a priority.
He said they will discuss ways to remove the barriers to export and import activities.
A passenger train is likely to be made operational between Dhaka and New Jalpaiguri of India on March 26 as part of the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are expected to flag off the train service.
The two leaders held a Summit in a virtual format on December 17 last year and had comprehensive discussions on all aspects of bilateral relations, and exchanged views on regional and international issues.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina thanked her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for accepting her invitation to visit Bangladesh in person in March 2021 to join the celebrations on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Independence and 50 years of Bangladesh-India diplomatic relations. – UNB