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Modi’s Bangladesh visit aims to forward bilateral ties for next 50 years

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s planned upcoming Dhaka visit aims to carry forward ties with Bangladesh for next half a century while the tour coincides with the 50 years of bilateral relations, India’s High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami said here today.

“The objective of the (Modi’s) visit is of course to consolidate our friendship and to build it forward for next 50 years,” he said.

The envoy was speaking at the DCAB talk organized by Diplomatic Correspondent Association of Bangladesh (DCAB) at the National Press Club here.

Prime Minister Modi is expected to visit Dhaka on March 26 at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to join the 50th anniversary celebration of Independence of Bangladesh and the Birth Centenary of Bangladesh’s Founding Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 50th year of bilateral ties.

“We haven’t formally announced the visit, but it is planned that the Prime Minister will be here … to join you in celebrating the most momentous anniversary on the calendar,” Doraiswami said.

He said officials of both the countries are working on different instruments that would be signed between the two nations during the visit.

“We are working on a number of outcomes (of the visit), many things are to be finalized between the line ministries agencies” he said.

Besides joining the celebration on March 26, Modi is likely to join the bilateral talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on March 27, foreign secretary Masud bin Momen told media earlier.

Before the prime minister level talks, Indian foreign minister J Shankar is also likely to visit Dhaka for finalizing the agendas of the PM-level talk.

During the talk, the high commissioner touched upon all major bilateral issues between Bangladesh and India includes, water sharing, border killing, vaccine cooperation, trade and maritime boundaries.

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