Indian EAM Jaishankar to visit Dhaka to finalize Narendra Modi's visit
Dhaka, March 3: Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will arrive in Dhaka on Thursday (March 4) for a one-day visit to finalise Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit. He will hold talks with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on water, trade, borders, connectivity and other bilateral issues. It is learned that the two sides will discuss the necessary steps to further strengthen bilateral ties through Narendra Modi's visit.
During his one-day visit, Jayashankar will hold bilateral meetings with Foreign Minister Momen and pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
There are still many unresolved issues between Bangladesh and India. Dhaka wants to discuss this issue seriously during Modi's visit. "We want to discuss the Teesta, the other six rivers, the Rahimpur canal and other unresolved issues," a foreign ministry official said.
He said the issue of Teesta would naturally come up for discussion. Bangladesh hopes that the agreement will be signed soon as promised in 2011.
The official said work was underway on a draft agreement on the distribution of water from the Manu, Muhuri, Dudhkumar, Dharla, Gomti and Khowai rivers and Dhaka wanted to complete it soon.
Besides, India is objecting to the digging of Rahimpur canal to use the water of Kushiyara river for irrigation. Dhaka will also discuss this issue for settlement.
Border management: The killings at the border were discussed at a meeting of the two countries' home secretaries held last week. The matter will be raised again. Another official said the border killings were not a reflection of the friendly relations between the two countries. We will raise this issue strongly.
Trade issue: Besides increasing trade between the two countries, Bangladesh's exports to India are also increasing. But at the same time, the traders of Bangladesh are facing other difficulties including anti-dumping duty on jute, land port problem, non-tariff barrier.
"We are in talks to lift the anti-dumping duty imposed by India," a government official said. There have also been complications related to shipping goods through land ports, which will be discussed to overcome.
Apart from this, there is a possibility to discuss other issues including connectivity, Rohingya, maritime economy, he said.