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Pranab Mukherjee to visit Dhaka tomorrow

Pranab Mukherjee will travel to Dhaka tomorrow to invite leadership of Bangladesh to the SAARC Summit.

india Updated: Feb 18, 2007 15:02 IST

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee willvisit Dhakaon Mondayto invite leadership of Bangladesh to the SAARC Summit to be heldin New Delhi in April.

Mukherjee will meet President Iajuddin Ahmed and extend the invitation on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The invitation will be open to whosoever Bangladesh government wants to send to represent the country at the 14th Summit as a caretaker administration led by Fakhruddin Ahmed is in power there.

Bangladesh has been witnessing political unrest in the midst of which the president imposed a state of emergency last month and cancelled general elections scheduled for January 22.

Mukherjee is also likely to meet chief adviser to the caretaker government Fakhruddin Ahmed and former prime ministers Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia during his day-long visit.

Bangladesh, the current Chair of SAARC, is the last of the eight countries to be visited by Mukherjee to extend invitation for the Summit.

First Published: Feb 18, 2007 15:02 IST