Modi’s Dhaka visit to forward ties

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s planned upcoming Dhaka visit aims to carry forward ties with Bangladesh for next half a century as the tour coincides with the 50-year bilateral relations, India’s High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami said.

“The objective of the (Modi’s) visit is of course to consolidate our friendship and to carry it forward for the next 50 years,” he said.

The envoy was speaking at the DCAB talk organised by Diplomatic Correspondent Association of Bangladesh (DCAB) at the National Press Club on Monday.

Indian Prime Minister Modi is expected to visit Dhaka on March 26 at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to join the 50th anniversary celebration of Independence of Bangladesh and the Birth Centenary of Bangladesh’s Founding Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 50th year of bilateral ties.

“We haven’t formally announced the visit, but it is planned that the Prime Minister will be here … to join you in celebrating the most momentous anniversary on the calendar,” Doraiswami said.

He said officials of both the countries are working on different instruments that would be signed between the two nations during the visit. “We are working on a number of outcomes (of the visit), many things are to be finalised between the line ministries and agencies” he said.

Besides joining the celebration on March 26, Modi is likely to join the bilateral talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on March 27, foreign secretary Masud bin Momen told media earlier. Before the prime minister level talks, Indian foreign minister J Shankar is also likely to visit Dhaka for finalizing the agendas of the PM-level talk.



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