Indian FS Vijay Gokhale due Sunday


Desk Report:

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale arrives here on Sunday afternoon to discuss whole range of bilateral issues including the much-desired Teesta water sharing one.

He will hold bilateral talks with his Bangladesh counterpart M Shahidul Haque on Monday at the state guesthouse Meghna, a diplomat told UNB.

Both sides will sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) but officials did not tell on which area the MoUs will be signed.

Foreign Ministry sources said the two Secretaries might also discuss possibilities of a meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) that will be held in London and Windsor on April 16-20.

The two sides are also expected to exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest, officials said.

The Indian Foreign Secretary will attend an event on bilateral conclave on “India-Bangladesh Relations: Deepening Cooperation and the Way Ahead” to be organised by the Institute of Policy, Advocacy and Governance (IPAG) on Monday afternoon in a city hotel with Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi as the chief guest.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met with Vice Foreign Minister of China Kong Xuanyou in New Delhi on Friday as part of regular diplomatic consultations between India and China.

During the meeting, the two sides reviewed recent developments in bilateral relations and discussed the agenda for bilateral engagement, including high level exchanges, in the coming months.

On March 28, Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval attended the Bimstec national security chiefs’ meeting.


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