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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina to visit India next week: MEA

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New Delhi: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay a state visit to India from Sept 5 to Sept 8 this year, Ministry of External Affairs announced on Thursday.

“During the visit she would call on President Droupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar. She will hold bilateral consultations with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar will call on Hasina during her visit,” said official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi making the announcement.

In recent years both sides sustained high level of engagement including at the highest level between our two countries, the forthcoming visit of Sheikh Hasina will gutter strengthen the multifaceted relationships between the two countries based on historical and cultural ties, mutual trust and understanding, Bagchi added.

He also said that the Bangladesh Prime Minister is likely to visit Ajmer during her visit to India.

Earlier, Sheikh Hasina visited New Delhi in October 2019.

Recently, India and Bangladesh reviewed the entire spectrum of their bilateral defence and strategic ties during the 4th India Bangladesh Annual Defence Dialogue between Defence Secretary of India Dr Ajay Kumar and Principal Staff Officer of Armed Forces Division of Bangladesh Lt Gen Waker-Uz-Zaman.

Defence cooperation, bilateral exercises, capability building cooperation were the areas of main focus.

Sources said that the possibility a trade agreement called Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between the two countries during Hasina’s visit is bright.

Hasina recently approved the draft of this agreement in the cabinet meeting.

Hasina is also likely to address major business associations during her visit.

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