Update February 19, 2015

Dhaka 4-35 am, 16-April, 2021

Mamata Banerjee due in Dhaka tonight

Sumel Sarker

Sheikh Hasina and Mamata Banarjee

Sheikh Hasina and Mamata Banarjee

19 February 2015, Nirapad News: Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal, will arrive here today on a three-day official visit at the invitation of Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali to join the ‘International Mother Language Day’ programs on February 21 as guest of honor.

It will be Mamata Banerjee’s first ever visit to Bangladesh after taking over as Chief Minister of West Bengal in May 2011. She will be accompanied by Firhad Hakim, West Bengal Minister of Urban Development, Bratya Basu, West Bengal Minister of Tourism, Deepak Adhikari, Member of Parliament, Moonmoon Sen, Member of Parliament, Sanjay Mitra, Chief Secretary, and other senior officials. Her delegation also includes eminent cultural, business and media personalities including famed singers Kabir Suman, Nachiketa and Indranil Sen, filmmaker Gautam Ghosh, poet Subodh Sarkar, and actor Arindam Sil.

According to a press release issued on Wednesday by Indian High Commission in Dhaka, Mamata Benerjee is scheduled to call on President Md. Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and attend a High Tea to be hosted by Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali during her visit.She will attend the ‘Amar Ekushey Udjapan’ function at Shaheed Minar to pay homage to the Martyrs of the Language Movement and will visit the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.Apart from this, Mamata Banerjee will address a Business Meet to be jointly organized by India-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI), Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and Indian Chambers of Commerce (ICC), Kolkata. She will also attend a reception to be hosted in her honour by the High Commissioner of India. She is scheduled to return home on February 21 evening.

Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee’s Dhaka visit is seen as significant as it is expected to facilitate resolution of outstanding issues between the two neighboring countries.”We hope that the visit would help facilitate resolving the outstanding issues like Teesta Water Sharing and Land Boundary Agreements (LBA) between Bangladesh and India,” said State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam on Wednesday. He said although it is not a bilateral visit, Teesta Water Sharing and LBA issues and other pending matters would certainly come up for discussion during her Dhaka visit. Earlier in September 2011, Mamata refused to visit Dhaka with the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh claiming that Teesta water sharing would not protect the interest of West Bengal. As a result, the Teesta agreement between Bangladesh and India could not be signed then.

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