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delhi Updated: Jul 03, 2011 14:47 IST
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Ahead of external affairs minister SM Krishna's visit to Bangladesh, India on Sunday said its high commissioner in Dhaka will be meeting Bangladesh's foreign secretary to discuss the forthcoming tour.

Terming as "speculative" reports of Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh Rajit Mitter being summoned, an official spokesperson in the MEA said, "Our high commissioner will be meeting the foreign secretary to discuss the visit."

Krishna is scheduled to pay a three-day visit to Bangladesh beginning July 6, during which he is expected to raise key regional and bilateral issues with the leadership of that country.

According to some media reports, Mitter was summoned by the government in Dhaka over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's "off the record" comments that a section of Bangladeshi people was under the influence of ISI.

During an interaction with editors earlier this week, Singh had said that with "... Bangladesh, our relations are quite good. But we must reckon that at least 25% of the population of Bangladesh swear by the Jamiat-ul-Islami and they are very anti-India, and they are in the clutches, many a time, of the ISI."