PM to visit India in October

DHAKA, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to visit

India in October as her maiden visit to New Delhi after assuming office for

the third consecutive term earlier this year, Foreign Minister Dr A K Momen

said here today.

We are expecting the visit to take place in first week of October . we

will fix the date and agenda after Indian External Affairs Minister S

Jaishankar's (planned) Dhaka tour later this month, he told BSS this

evening.

Momen said his Indian counterpart was set to arriving in Dhaka on August 20 on a

twoday visit and Dhaka and New Delhi would accomplish some formalities

regarding his visit.

Asked what would be the agenda of the two premiers meeting, the foreign

minister said the foreign ministries of the two countries would prepare the

agenda covering all bilateral and regional issues including sharing of water

in 54 common rivers and the Teesta in particular.

In principle we agreed (to sign the Teesta agreement) but it is

being delayed due to objection of West Bengal, he said.

Momen, however, said Dhaka was always hopeful about the deal but

simultaneously feared it could be delayed further until the Indian central

government reached a consensus with the West Bengal state government. He said

the Rohingya crisis was also likely to be an issue of the summit while New

Delhi by now conveyed Dhaka that the repatriation process should start

immediately.

I am confident the process of repatriation will be soon, he said adding

that major Myanmar allies including India, China and Japan extended their

effective support to Bangladesh.

Momen said he recent met the Indian foreign minister in Bangkok who said

New Delhi already talked to Myanmar's government and particularly its

military authorities and urged them to bring back Rohingyas in soonest

possible time.

The Indian foreign minister told me to start the process of repatriation

as early as possible, he said.

Referring to meetings with his Chinese and Japanese counterparts, Momen

said all of them wanted to see Rohingya's return to Rakhine.

Earlier at his office during an interaction with newsmen, Momen said his

office was working to bring back one or two self declared fugitive killers of

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Canada or the USA

before Bangabandhu's birth centenary by this year.

We want to bring back one or two (fugitive killers) by this year, he

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)