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Pranab Mukherjee to visit Dhaka on Monday

india Updated: Feb 08, 2009 11:03 IST
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With a new elected government in place in Dhaka, India will seek its cooperation in ending terrorism emanating from Bangladesh when External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee travels there on Monday.

The two sides are expected to discuss Bangladesh's proposal for setting up of joint anti-terror mechanism to fight the menace.

Mukherjee's visit will provide the first high-level contact between the two countries since the Sheikh Hasina government returned to power last month.

Soon after Hasina assumed charge, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had spoken to her and expressed keenness to further strengthen bilateral relations.

Singh had told her that he would send Mukherjee to hold talks with the new government.

Security issues, particularly India's concerns over Bangladesh being used by terrorists, will be high on the agenda during Mukherjee's visit.

Mechanisms are also expected to formed in economic sector to give fillip to the relations in this area.

Connectivity, particularly the proposal for use of Chittagong port by India, will also be part of discussions.
"For the last two years, we have been dealing with a government of officials. Now, we need to give a political impetus," an official said.