PM to visit India in mid-April

PM to visit India in mid-April


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay an official visit to India in the first half of April this year.

It was informed when visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad office here Thursday afternoon.

Briefing reporters after nearly a half an hour meeting, PM’s Deputy Press Secretary M Nazrul Islam said the reciprocal visit of Sheikh Hasina will take place in the first half of April.

“Through the visit, the bilateral ties between India and Bangladesh would be strengthened further,” the Indian foreign secretary told the Prime Minister.

Indian External Affairs Secretary Jaishankar arrived here today on a two-day tour to finalise the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India and brief Sheikh Hasina about its preparations, sources said.

The visit will mainly focus on mutual interests and development initiatives alongside connectivity, Jaishankar said.

Referring to mutual solution of various problems between the two next door neighbours, including Land Boundary and enclave problems, the Prime Minister said, “We can solve any problem through discussions if we have the good intention.”

Hasina underscored the need for increasing connectivity between the countries of this region as well strengthening cooperation in other sectors for the welfare of the people of this region.

When the Indian foreign secretary raised the issue of Saarc which now remained stalled, she said, “We shouldn’t let it die down.”

About the BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement, Hasina stressed the importance of making this initiative effective in the greater interest of the four nations.

“The BBIN initiative should be effective and we should solve any problem regarding the initiative through discussion,” she said.

The Indian foreign secretary said his country would take more development projects in Bangladesh as per its (Bangladesh) need.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsha Bardhan Shringla were present on the occasion.

Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi last met in Goa on Oct 16 last year on the sidelines of the BRICS summit, when Modi reassured Hasina that Bangladesh and India would remain together for the sake of development.

Modi visited Bangladesh from June 6 to 7, 2015 and issued a joint declaration with Hasina aimed at launching a new beginning — ‘Notun Projonmo – Nayi Disha’.


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