Muhith likely to visit New Delhi ahead of PM

DHAKA : Finance Minister AMA Muhith is likely to visit New Delhi on April 2-4 which is seen as ‘significant’ one ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s much-talked about tour, reports UNB.
It is usual to have ministerial-level visits from both sides ahead of such magnitude of Prime Minister-level visit but this ministerial-level visit carries a special significance, a diplomatic source told UNB without elaborating his engagements in New Delhi.
Availing of the new line of credit from India, among other issues, might come up for discussions during his conversation with Indian sides, said the source mentioning that the Finance Minister even might have other regular engagements.
Though there have been much of ‘speculations’ that there could be a defence agreement signed during Prime Minister’s visit, officials declined to comment on such assumptions.
“So, are you asking me to comment on a speculation? At this stage please permit me not to go into details. What I can assure you that closer to the visit we’ll arrange a separate briefing on the visit,” said official spokesperson of the Indian External Affairs Ministry Gopal Baglay when asked by Indian journalists about such deal between Bangladesh and India.
The spokesperson, however, said it is going to be a really ‘landmark’ visit and both sides are very intensely and actively working to really make this visit with a ‘very significant outcome’. On Teesta issue, Gopal Baglay said when they will do the separate briefing on the visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina closer to the visit, they will then cover this aspect in that briefing. “We’ll cover all the priority areas in our bilateral relations.”
Asked about defence cooperation deal between the two countries Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla on March 13 said, “Well, you tell me. You’re telling me. I don’t know.”


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