The Indian external affairs minister has arrived in Dhaka on a three-day official visit
Bangladesh and India have many things to discuss to take the relationship between the two neighbouring countries to a higher level, Indian External Affairs Minister Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said Monday night.
“We have a very good relationship. We have a very strong relationship. We have many things to discuss about taking the relationship to a higher level,” he said while talking to reporters after his arrival in Dhaka for a three-day official visit.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen received Jaishankar at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka upon his arrival at 9:15pm on Monday, an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das was also present at the airport, among others.
Though Dr Momen described Jaishankar’s maiden visit to Bangladesh – as a minister – as a “courtesy trip,” the two sides are likely to touch base on the matters relating to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's forthcoming visit to India, connectivity, water sharing issues, and the Rohingya crisis.
Dr Jaishankar said he was delighted to be in Dhaka and was looking forward to a “very productive day” on Tuesday.
He is scheduled to visit the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi around 9:30am on Tuesday, to pay tribute to Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, an official told UNB.
Around 11am, he is scheduled to have a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart at state guest house Jamuna. The meeting will be followed by a media briefing at 12pm.
Dr Momen will host a lunch in Jaishankar’s honour after the meeting.
The Indian external affairs minister is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence around 5pm.
Later in the evening, he will attend a private dinner hosted by Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das.
He is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Kathmandu Wednesday morning.
India is a leading development partner of Bangladesh as it has extended concessional lines of credit (LoCs) amounting to around $8 billion.
Dr Momen said he would discuss the LoC projects, expenditures and barriers to implementation of those projects, if any, and identify reasons to expedite the implementation process during the meeting with his Indian counterpart.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to visit India in October to discuss bilateral issues, including the ones related to common rivers.
She will also attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum, to be held in New Delhi on October 3-4, with the theme “Innovating for India: Strengthening South Asia, Impacting the World,” a diplomatic source told UNB.