Modi, Mamata, Hasina To Meet At Santiniketan On May 25

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Santiniketan: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will meet in Shantiniketan on May 25 for the inauguration of the “Bangladesh Bhawan” Tagore museum.

Sheikh Hasina is expected to pay a two-day visit to West Bengal on May 24-25 to formally inaugurate the Bangladesh Bhaban at Visva-Bharati in Santiniketan and receive an honorary doctorate from Kazi Nazrul University in Asansol.

Kazi Nazrul University, a public university in West Bengal’s Asansol, has decided to confer an honorary doctorate on Hasina. It may take place on May 24 and the Indian prime minister, who is the chancellor of the university, might confer the honorary degree on Hasina.

The three are also to visit two universities named after the two most celebrated poets in Bengal and Bangladesh: Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul.

Meanwhile Dhaka is also looking closely at the visit by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Myanmar on May 10-11, hoping that she may extract some assurances from the government in Nay Pyi Taw for a rethink on the issue of 700,000 Rohingya refugees who were forced out of Rakhine state last year, and are living in camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazaar area.

Mr. Modi had met Ms. Hasina in London in April on the sidelines of the Commonwealth summit, and while the two leaders will also attend the convocation of the Vishwa Bharati University in Shantiniketan, diplomats working on the agenda of the visit said that they might not schedule formal talks this time around.

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