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Modi likely to arrive in Dhaka on March 17: FS

Published 10:34 pm | March 01, 2020

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Online Desk : Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen today said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to arrive here on March 17 to join the mega event of birth centenary celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

“The date of his (Modi) arrival in Dhaka is yet to finalise but he is likely to be here on March 17 morning,” he said after attending a discussion in the capital.

During the visit, the Indian premier is scheduled to have bilateral talks with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

However, the foreign secretary said the main focus of the upcoming visit of Narendra Modi will be on “Mujib Borsho (Mujib year)”.

The government will observe ‘Mujib Borsho’ from March 2020 to March 2021 across the country and around the globe to mark the 100 year birth anniversary of Bangabandhu while the mega event will be held on March 17, on the birthday of Father of the Nation.

Meanwhile, Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla will arrive here tomorrow to finalise programmes of Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit.

During his maiden visit as the Indian Foreign Secretary, Shringla will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen Momen tomorrow.

Besides, Shringla will deliver a keynote speech at a seminar jointly organised by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and Indian High Commission in Dhaka at a city hotel on Monday morning.

Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi will address the seminar titled “Bangladesh and India: A Promising Future” as the chief guest.

The Indian foreign secretary will leave Dhaka on Tuesday morning, the foreign ministry sources said.
(BSS)

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