Indian foreign secretary scheduled to fly in to Dhaka on March 2 to finalize visit details
It has already been confirmed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Dhaka on March 17, to attend the mega event to begin the year-long celebration of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
It is also certain that official talks between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart will be held on March 18, before he heads back to India on the same day.
However, one issue has yet to be decided – the date of Modi’s arrival.
Dhaka is in favour of March 16, while India prefers March 17.
“As of today, we know that the Indian prime minister will arrive in Dhaka on March 16 on a three-day visit,” a senior official familiar with the visit said.
Another senior official concurred with his colleague.
Dhaka and Delhi are working on the issue, the officials said.
“It will be good for us if the Indian prime minister arrives on March 16. If he comes on that day, our prime minister will be able to receive him,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told Dhaka Tribune.
“If he [Modi] arrives on March 17, our prime minister will not be able to receive him because she has a program in Tungipara [in Gopalganj] on that day,” he added.
“The Indian foreign secretary is coming to Dhaka in the first week of March. Everything will be finalized at that time,” he added.
Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla is scheduled to arrive on March 2 to prepare the groundwork for Modi’s visit, the officials said.
The Indian High Commission in Dhaka could not be reached for a comment.