Indian FM says has many things to discuss
Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar who arrived in the capital Monday night said Bangladesh and India have many things to discuss to take the relationship between the two neighbouring countries to a higher level.
"We've a very good relationship. We've a very strong relationship. We've many things to discuss about taking the relationship to a higher level," he said while talking to reporters upon his arrival at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Dr Jaishankar said he looks forward to a "very productive day" tomorrow. "I'm truly delighted to be here."
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen received his Indian counterpart at the airport at 9:15pm, said an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das was, among others, present.
He arrived here on a three-day official visit aiming to further strengthen the relations between Bangladesh and India.
Though Dr Momen described Jaishankar's maiden visit (as minister) to Bangladesh as a "courtesy trip," the two sides are likely to touch upon the matters relating to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's forthcoming visit to India, connectivity, water issues and Rohingya crisis during the visit.
Indian High Commission here said Dr Jaishankar is visiting Bangladesh "taking forward the high-level exchanges" between the two countries.
The Indian minister will start his day today (Tuesday) visiting Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 around 9:30am to pay tributes to Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait there.
He will have a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr Momen around 11am on the same day.
There will be a media briefing at 12pm after a meeting between the two Foreign Ministers at state guesthouse Jamuna.
Dr Momen will host lunch in honour of his Indian counterpart after the meeting.
The Indian Foreign Minister is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence around 5 pm on Tuesday.
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das will host private dinner for Jaishankar on Tuesday evening.
He will leave Dhaka for Kathmandu on Wednesday morning.
India is a leading development partner of Bangladesh as it has extended concessional lines of credit to the tune of around 8 billion US dollars.
Dr Momen said he will discuss the LoC projects, expenditures and barriers to implementation of those projects, if any, and identify reasons to expedite the implementation process.