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Foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra to visit Bangladesh on April 20

Apr 18, 2024 03:46 PM IST

Kwatra is set to meet his Bangladeshi counterpart Masud Bin Momen and foreign minister Hasan Mahmud during his day-long visit

Foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra will make a brief visit to Bangladesh this weekend to take stock of bilateral ties and prepare the grounds for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s trip to New Delhi, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra addressing a press briefing in New Delhi. (ANI File Photo)
Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra addressing a press briefing in New Delhi. (ANI File Photo)

Kwatra is set to meet his Bangladeshi counterpart Masud Bin Momen and foreign minister Hasan Mahmud during his day-long visit on April 20, the people said on condition of anonymity. The rapidly deteriorating situation in Myanmar, where the junta has suffered a string of defeats at the hands of resistance forces, is expected to figure in the meetings, the people said.

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The foreign secretary will be the second senior official from the Indian side to visit Bangladesh since Hasina returned to power for a record fifth term after the general election in early January. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval made an unannounced visit to Dhaka in early February, which was closely followed by Bangladeshi foreign minister’s trip to India.

“There is a standing invitation for the Bangladeshi prime minister to visit India and the foreign secretary’s visit to Dhaka will help firm up plans for that visit,” one of the people cited above said.

Kwatra and Momen will review bilateral relations and firm up plans for future cooperation, the people said.

Hasina is unlikely to visit New Delhi before the conclusion of India’s general election in early June. The Bangladesh premier also has plans to visit China after travelling to India, and Kwatra’s visit will help prepare the grounds for her trip to New Delhi, the people said.

The visit is expected to take place only in late June or early July, and there is also a possibility of a meeting between Kwatra and Hasina, the people said.

Besides bilateral relations, the situation in Myanmar, which has thrown up several security challenges for India and Bangladesh, is expected to figure in Kwatra’s meetings in Dhaka. The anti-junta resistance forces have captured key border trade and crossing points on the frontiers with India, Bangladesh, China and Thailand.

The resistance forces have also overrun military bases in many areas along the borders with India and Bangladesh, and both countries have had to deal with Myanmarese troops entering their territories to escape the fighting.

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