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Pranab in Dhaka to enhance security

Making the first political contact with the new Bangladesh government, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Dhaka today for a day-long visit seeking Dhaka’s cooperation in combating terrorism and improving trade and investment relations.

world Updated: Feb 09, 2009 11:37 IST

Making the first political contact with the new Bangladesh government, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee arrived in Dhaka on Monday for a day-long visit seeking Dhaka’s cooperation in combating terrorism and improving trade and investment relations.

India and Bangladesh will sign two agreements for bilateral trade and investment promotion after Mukherjee holds talks with his counterpart Dipu Moni.

“I hope to cover in all my interactions the entire gamut of our relations including security, connectivity, trade and investment, and other important areas,” he told reporters on arrival at the Zia International Airport.

Mukherjee will also hold discussions with Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatum and he will also call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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.