S Jaishankar leaves Dhaka

DHAKA, Indian External Affairs Minister Dr

Subrahmanyam Jaishankar today left here for Kathmandu this morning wrapping

up his three-day official visit.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Indian High

Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das saw him off at Hazrat Shahjalal

International Airport this morning, said a foreign ministry official.

The Indian foreign minister expressed hope for taking Bangladesh-India

relationship to a new height when he arrived here on August 19.

S Jaishankar met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence

Ganabhaban on Tuesday.

He visited Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 and paid tribute to

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing a wreath at

his portrait there.

S Jaishankar had a productive meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr.

A K Abdul Momen at the State Guest House Jamuna.

During the meeting, both the ministers expressed satisfaction at the

excellent state of bilateral relations existing between the two neighbouring

nations. They discussed the entire gamut of bilateral issues of mutual

interest.

Momen and S Jaishankar reviewed ongoing cooperation, including the

implementation of decisions taken during the last meeting of the Joint

Consultative Commission (JCC) in February this year in New Delhi.

Both the minister expressed satisfaction that both countries are working

closer than ever before in every sector, from security and border management,

including reducing untoward border incidents, mutually-beneficial trade and

investment, power and energy, river water sharing, including that of the

Teesta, development partnership, transport connectivity, culture and consular

issues.

They reviewed progress of the projects under the Indian Lines of Credit.

The two ministers also discussed the preparatory measures in relation to

the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in October next when a

number of MoUs are expected to be signed.

The Indian foreign minister expressed appreciation for the humanitarian

gesture of Bangladesh in supporting a large number of displaced persons from

the Rakhine region of Myanmar and assured of India's continued support for

safe, speedy and sustainable return of the Rohingyas to Myanmar.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)