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Khaleda meets Modi tomorrow
Staff Correspondent
Published : Saturday, 6 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 24
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Bangladesh will hold a meeting with Chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Khaleda Zia in Dhaka on Sunday.
The meeting will take place after Modi's meeting with President Abdul Hamid. The Indian PM will also meet some business leaders in Dhaka.
The announcement was made by Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar when he was talking to reporters in New Delhi on Friday. It ended all speculations regarding Narendra Modi's meeting with Khaleda Zia.
"He will meet a number of important Bangladeshi leaders including the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Raushan Ershad, former prime minister of Bangladesh Khaleda Zia and presidents of leading chambers and leaders of left parties," S Jaishankar said.
The announcement came hours after Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali ruled out 'any scope' for the Indian PM's meet with Khaleda Zia during his 36-hour tour.
 Asked whether there will be any meeting with the BNP chief, AH Mahmood Ali said, "I don't think there is any scope."
 The meeting between Modi and Khaleda Zia bears importance as it was the BNP chief who declined to meet Indian President Pranab Mukherjee when the latter visited Dhaka in March 2013.
BNP, however, thanks the decision of the Indian PM to meet Khaleda Zia during his tour to Dhaka.
BNP Standing Committee member Brig Gen (Retd) ASM Hannan Shah told the Daily Observer, "We thank the Indian Prime Minister as he decided to meet BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia."
"Bilateral relations between the two countries will be cemented more through the meeting as the Indian premier wants to build up relations with Bangladeshi people instead of a particular political party," the BNP leader said.

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