Indian foreign secretary visits Bangladesh

Indian foreign secretary visits Bangladesh

SAM Staff,

Indian foreign secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale arrived in Bangladesh on Sunday (Apr 8) in a three-day familiarisation tour after taking over the responsibility about two months ago.

Foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque received Vijay Keshav Gokhale at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

The two foreign secretaries would hold official talks on this morning when the two sides are likely to take stock of bilateral relations and matters pending for making substantive progress.

The Bangladesh side is likely to seek Indian cooperation in the repatriation of Rohingyas to Rakhine State of Myanmar, a next door neighbour to both the countries.

Bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade, connectivity, water, power and border management, among others, would broadly come up in the meeting, officials said.

The two foreign secretaries are also expected to discuss the possibility of a meeting of the two prime ministers – Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and Narendra Modi of India – on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London next week.

The two sides are also likely to assess the state of implementation of the projects in Bangladesh under $7.5 billion Indian lines of credit.

Bangladesh Betar and All India Radio would sign a memorandum of understanding on technical cooperation and exchanges, in presence of the two foreign secretaries after the talks.

Vijay Keshav Gokhale is also scheduled to call on prime minister Sheikh Hasina and foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali Monday.