Foreign Secretary Jaishankar in Dhaka, meets Sheikh Hasina

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to visit India in April.

The schedule of Hasina's visit was disclosed after India's foreign secretary S. Jaishankar called on her at the Bangladesh parliament office.

Another official said it might take some more time to finalise the date of Hasina's India visit but it might take place in April.

He also discussed preparatory aspects of Hasina's proposed visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had invited her during his Dhaka visit in 2015.

Jaishankar also met with Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and Foreign Secretary Md.

Jaishankar, who landed in Dhaka from China yesterday afternoon after attending the first India-China Strategic Dialogue, had a almost 30-minute meeting with Hasina.

Her last state visit to India was in January 2010.

"Development projects will be taken on the basis of Bangladesh's demand", Nazrul quoted Jaishankar as saying.

India's Ambassador to the United States Dr. S. Jaishankar
Charles Dharapak With China in Mind Indian Foreign Secretary to Visit Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to Reset Ties

Jaishankar said the government and the people of India were looking forward to Hasina's visit and her trip will strengthen the friendly ties between the two nations.

When the Indian foreign secretary raised the issue of Saarc, which is now stalled, she said, "We shouldn't let it die".

Hasina did visit India in October 2016 to attend the Bimstec (Bangladesh-India-Myanmar-Sri Lanka-Thailand-Bhutan and Nepal) Outreach Meeting in Goa with leaders of the BRICS (Brazail-Russia-India-China-South Africa) countries.

Although Roll Ball Skating has not got much introduction and popularity in the country, Hasina said the authorities concerned would have to take initiatives so that this game could spread across the country.

Jaishankar is scheduled to hold meeting with Bangladesh foreign secretary at 7:30pm.

Hasina said the two countries have settled land border dispute and observed that all issues can be solved if there is good intention, her deputy press secretary said.

Jaishankar, who arrived here on a two-day trip after wrapping up his China visit, called on Hasina at her office and the meeting lasted for almost 30 minutes during which the Foreign Secretary briefed her on recent developments in India-Bangladesh relations and the region.

  • Leroy Wright