Aiming to address all major irritants at one go, and change the political grammar of the bilateral ties, Prime Minister Manmohan Sigh will leave for Dhaka on a two-day trip on Tuesday.
Extending India’s s full support to Bangladesh in its development efforts, Prime Minister said India's partnership with Bangladesh can "have a profound positive impact on the South Asian region as a whole."
"Our partnership with Bangladesh is important for the stability and prosperity of own Northeast region,” Singh said in his departure statement.
The PM's delegation includes foreign minister SM Krishna and chief ministers of Assam, Mizoram, Tripura, and Meghalaya. “This reflects our desire to have across the board engagement with Bangladesh, so that the fruits of our cooperation are available to people on both sides of the border,” Singh said.The PM said the countries are today witnessing an extraordinary period of cooperation and friendship.
Hinting at the ambitious agenda of the visit and the resolve to take the ties forward, Singh said, “It is a matter of satisfaction that we have made concrete progress in several areas such as security, boundary issues, water resources, power connectivity, improvement of border infrastructure, trade facilitation and economic cooperation. Our endeavour will be to sustain and build upon this positive momentum."
The bilateral visit by a PM to Bangladesh is happening after a gap of 12 years. Foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai said the visit aims at consolidating the process set in motion during the landmark visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in January, 2010.
"We are trying to put in place a broad-based agenda of cooperation in areas including trade and investments, infrastructure, power, water resources, border management...,” Mathai said.
"Both sides are determined to iron out any divergences and lay a firm foundation of mutually beneficial engagement, to enhance trust, cooperation and stability not only between our countries but in South Asia as a whole,” he added.
Ulfa general secretary Anup Chetia might be the first person to be extradited from Dhaka under the treaty to be frozen during the Prime Minister’s Bangladesh visit, beginning Tuesday.
Dhaka was earlier trying to deport Chetia ahead of PM Manmohan Singh’s visit. Officials said Dhaka had changed its preference to follow the extradition route to ensure that there were no hurdles to sending Chetia across.
Chetia has served his sentence after his arrest in 1997 for illegally entering the country and is in protective custody.