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Rohingya, Teesta may feature in PM’s talks with Modi

  • Published at 05:23 pm October 1st, 2019
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File photo: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Focus Bangla

Sheikh Hasina is set to reach New Delhi on Thursday

Bangladesh and India are expected to review the Rohingya and Teesta issues during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s India tour, when the two neighbours are likely to ink a number of memorandums of understanding (MoU) as well.

Officials familiar with the visit process commented about the matter on Tuesday, reports BSS.

“Prime Minister Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, may definitely discuss different issues, including the Teesta as well as Rohingyas,” Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali said.

Sheikh Hasina is set to reach New Delhi on Thursday.

The envoy said the two major issues might be “openly discussed” when the two prime ministers would hold their meeting but “we cannot predict anything until there is any final decision in this regard”.

The Prime Minister Hasina’s four-day visit, however, is not a bilateral one, and rather to attend the India Economic Forum, 2019, which is a chapter of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

On the sidelines of the India Economic Forum meet, the two countries are likely to sign a number of MoUs in different areas, including connectivity, culture, technical cooperation and trade and investment, Muazzem added.

“It is so far confirmed that seven to eight MoUs are to be signed, mostly on the question of connectivity, cultural and technical cooperation, and trade and investment after the bilateral meeting of the two prime ministers on October 5,” Muazzem said.

He, however, also said the number of MoUs could be as high as 10, since the pre-summit discussions were still underway.

Asked for comments about India’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) process, the envoy said the Indian premier, on the sideline of recent UN general assembly, assured Sheikh Hasina that “Bangladesh does not need to be worried about the NRC”.

“It is their (India’s) issue, let them handle it, so far, we don’t need to be worried regarding the NRC issue,” Muazzem added.

The high commissioner further said the Bangladesh premier was expected to take advantage of the India Economic Forum to highlight the country’s progress in recent times, particularly Bangladesh’s graduation from an LDC to a middle income one.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would also seek more investments from the Indian major investors.

Apart from addressing the Indian Economic Forum, she will meet jointly with three Indian Chamber of Commerce and exchange views with the chamber leaders on Friday.

The bilateral meeting between the two prime ministers will be held at the historic Hyderabad House from 11.30 to 1:00 pm on Saturday.

Later, Sheikh Hasina will join a lunch to be hosted by Modi in her honour.

In the afternoon, Sheikh Hasina will call on the President of India Ram Nath Kovind while Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar will call on the Bangladesh prime minister in the morning.

Besides, the visiting Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat is likely to call on Sheikh Hasina on Friday while the Bangladesh premier is likely to meet India Congress Party Chief Sonia Gandhi on Sunday.

Sheikh Hasina will also join a reception and a dinar to be hosted by Bangladesh High Commission here on October 3 on its premises in her honour when foreign envoys along with ambassadors concurrently accredited to Bangladesh and other dignitaries will join the reception and dinner.

Indian’s eminent Film Director Shyam Benegal will call on Bangladesh premier on Sunday when he is likely to discuss different aspects of making the proposed feature film on the life and works of Father of the Bengali Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibbur Rahman.

The Bangladesh and India joint-production film on Bangabandhu will be released before the end of “Mujib Year 2020-2021”.

After concluding the visit, Sheikh Hasina will leave New Delhi for Dhaka on Sunday afternoon.