Indian foreign secretary to visit Bangladesh on April 8

Indian foreign secretary to visit Bangladesh on April 8

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Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale will pay a two-day visit to Bangladesh from April 8 at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart.

During the visit of Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale, discussion on several bilateral issues including the Teesta water-sharing deal and upcoming summit meeting of prime ministers Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi would take place.
Gokhale reaches Dhaka on Sunday and is scheduled to meet the top leadership including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali the next day before returning home on April 10.

He would also meet his Bangladesh counterpart Md Shahidul Haque when they have a comprehensive review of relations.
The two foreign secretaries would review areas of bilateral cooperation between the two sides, including pending issues of upcoming important visits that include Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s tour likely in May.

The proposed meeting of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in London during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on April 16-20 would also come up prominently at the meeting.

It would also finalise the agenda for discussion of the meeting between Hasina and Modi, diplomatic sources say.
The substantive part of Gokhale’s visit, first since his taking over as the top diplomat in February, would be as much on bilateral issues as on regional including the Rohingya crisis.

The Indian army chief’s recent remarks over Bangladeshi migrants in Assam, Rohingya repatriation and non-issuance of national identity cards to the Muslims in Assam would also come up for discussion.

Gokhale is also expected to enquire about Bangladesh’s growing ties with China in recent months.

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SOURCEThe Daily Star
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