Indian overseas secretary Harsh Shringla will make a beforehand unannounced go to to Bangladesh on Tuesday, throughout which he’s anticipated to fulfill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, individuals aware of developments mentioned.
This might be Shringla’s first journey overseas because the Covid-19 outbreak. It’s going to even be the primary go to to Bangladesh by a senior Indian official since journey restrictions have been imposed because of the pandemic.
Shringla, who earlier served because the Indian envoy in Dhaka, is predicted to hold a message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Hasina, the individuals cited above mentioned on situation of anonymity.
The individuals mentioned Shringla’s discussions in Dhaka are anticipated to concentrate on methods to additional strengthen the bilateral relationship. He’s anticipated to return residence the identical day.
There was no official phrase from the exterior affairs ministry relating to the go to.
Hasina visited India final October, whereas Modi’s deliberate go to to Bangladesh in March to take part in occasions marking the start centenary of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was referred to as off because of the pandemic. The 2 leaders have spoken on telephone a number of occasions this 12 months, most just lately in Could.
Ties between the 2 sides have been beneath some pressure since final 12 months, when Bangladeshi leaders have been irked by feedback from BJP leaders about deporting unlawful migrants from Assam. The Citizenship (Modification) Act (CAA) and the implementation of the Nationwide Register of Residents additionally hit ties, and Hasina had questioned the necessity for CAA throughout an interview earlier this 12 months.
India has taken a number of steps in current weeks to enhance connectivity with Bangladesh, together with handing over 10 railway locomotives final month. This was performed days after the primary container practice made its approach from India to Bangladesh and the primary cargo of products was despatched from Kolkata to Tripura through Chattogram port.
After taking on as overseas secretary in January, Shringla had visited Dhaka in March. Shringla had met Prime Minister Hasina throughout his final go to to Bangladesh.