by Our Correspondent in Dhaka;
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Sunday announced that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi are likely to have a virtual meeting in December this year.
“The two prime ministers are likely to have a virtual meeting on December 16 or 17 and we have also extended our invitation to Prime Minister Modi to join our 50th Independence Day celebration” in March next year, he told reporters. The Indian PM has accepted the invitation, he added.
“Our victory is India’s victory and the two countries should celebrate together,” he said.
The Foreign Minister said they will discuss pressing bilateral issues when asked about solution to outstanding problems between Bangladesh and India.
The announcement came as one Bangladeshi national was killed Saturday by Indian border guards BSF and the issue is among the major irritants between the two South Asian country.
Bangladesh has pushed for the immediate end to border killings and India had assured that “non-lethal” new weapons will be used to comply with Dhaka’s request.
“Some of these soldiers who have been posted on the Pakistan border with India think it is the same,” he said laughingly.
Foreign Affairs observers in Dhaka say that the development is a positive one and an apparent move to boost bilateral ties which has been topsy-turvy in recent months.
Both countries publicly refer each other as “true friends” and recently New Delhi sent its new High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami, who said he has his government’s mandate to correct the situation.
Momen had good words about the Indian envoy, saying that he “understands the sensitivity of Bangladesh as well as the issues that needs to be addressed in ties with Bangladesh.”