Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will make a state visit to India in April. The schedule of her visit was disclosed after India’s Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met her at her parliament office earlier today. Jaishankar arrived in Dhaka today on a two-day visit, directly from Beijing.
“The prime minister will visit India in the first half of April,” Deputy Press Secretary M Nazrul Islam told the reporters at a press briefing after the meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Sheikh Hasina during his visit to Dhaka in 2015. Hasina’s India tour had been scheduled for December 2016, but postponed due to a timeframe mismatch.
During Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar’s Dhaka visit in December 2016, officials from the Prime Minister’s Office hinted that the visit might take place in February this year.
The visiting minister said that the government and the people of India were eagerly looking forward to welcoming Hasina in New Delhi.
In October 2016, Shiekh Hasina and her counterpart Modi held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Meeting in Goa, but that wasn’t an official tour.