Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will hold talks with officials from Bangladesh for two day. Among various agenda, the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Bangladesh will be discussed. Rao, who is set to arrive in Dhaka tomorrow, is scheduled to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and other Bangladesh leaders during her stay in Dhaka.
“All aspects of bilateral relations as well as sub-regional issues will be discussed during the (foreign secretary level) consultations,” as Rao was coming at the invitation of her Bangladesh counterpart Mohamed Mijarul Quayes, a foreign ministry statement said.
The statement also said that the visit will take stock of the progress in implementing decisions taken during Hasina’s India visit in January 2010. The statement said the visit was also expected to chart the way forward and to discuss issues to further expand the areas of bilateral, regional and sub-regional cooperation for the mutual benefits of the two friendly countries.
Rao’s visit will try to find ways to ensure some tangible outcome during the Indian Prime Minister’s upcoming visit, on areas including water sharing on common rivers and cross-border frontiers issues.
A senior official at the foreign ministry in Dhaka said ” the two foreign secretaries would particularly review the implementation process of the MoUs signed between the two countries during Hasina’s landmark New Delhi visit.”
A three-member Bangladesh delegation led by Water resource secretary Sheikh Wahiduzzaman, flew to New Delhi today to finalise the draft on the proposed water sharing deal on the Teesta and Feni rivers as the two countries are expected to sign the crucial agreement during or ahead of Singh’s Dhaka tour.
The delegation is scheduled to invite India’s water resource minister Salman Khurshid for the minister-level joint river commission talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Ramesh Chandra Sen in Dhaka.