Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be the first neighbourhood leader to visit India after PM Modi received a political endorsement with the recent state elections.
Hasina’s visit, scheduled for early April, has already been postponed twice, once in December and once in February. The visit will be important, possibly one of her last before she goes into election mode.
India has been a strong supporter of Hasina’s government, but this time both countries plan to take it to the next level with a number of agreements planned. Besides holding discussions with the top leadership in New Delhi, Hasina is expected to visit Ajmer.
The Modi government plans to circumvent this problem by working out an agreement that will be acceptable to all concerned. India and Bangladesh are also looking at a pact on maritime security cooperation, which may be both bilateral as well as under the rubric of BIMSTEC.
During foreign secretary S Jaishankar’s recent visit to Dhaka, both countries surveyed the relationship with some satisfaction.
In fact, relationship with Bangladesh has emerged as India’s most successful neighbourhood pact, with both countries going out of their way to accommodate the concerns of the other, despite the fact that there remain residual problems on both sides.
Credit By: timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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