Hasina-Modi talks likely on March 27 in Dhaka


Dailynewsun Desk:

Dhaka has proposed New Delhi to arrange the planned bilateral talks between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on March 27 in Dhaka, foreign secretary Masud bin Momen on Sunday.

“We proposed them to hold the bilateral talks on March 27 as the Indian prime minister is likely to arrive here either on March 25 or 26,” Masud told reporters at his office as he returned home today after holding bilateral talks with his Indian counterpart Harsh Vardhan Shringla in New Delhi on Friday, reports BSS.

The foreign secretary said that Modi would attend the grand celebration of golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence here in the evening on March 26.

“Before the prime minister level talks, Indian foreign minister J Shankar will visit Dhaka,” he said, adding that the visit could be held at the end of February.

Besides, four secretary level meetings are scheduled to be held before the Hasina-Modi talks in March.

Of the four meetings, secretaries of home, commerce and shipping ministries will be held in Dhaka while the secretary level meeting of Joint River Commission (JRC) will be held in New Delhi.

The foreign secretary also said the two foreign ministries are currently working on 4-5 MoUs those are supposed to be signed during the upcoming premier level talks.

“We are expecting important inputs in our preparatory work on MoUs from the four secretary level talks,” he added.