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Hasina, Modi to hold talks on October 5

Published: September 15, 2019 20:09:25 | Updated: September 16, 2019 10:14:52


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold bilateral talks with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi on October 5.

Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen gave the information on Sunday while talking to the reporters at a luncheon hosted by the Bangladesh new ambassador-designate to China Mahbub Uz Zaman in the UNCLOS conference room of the foreign ministry, report BSS and bdnews24.com.

AK Abdul Momen said Sheikh Hasina will leave for her first visit to India, after coming to power for a third consecutive term, on October 3 to attend the Indian Economic Forum.

“Honorable Prime Minister will attend the Indian Economic Forum from October 3 to 4 and then hold the bilateral meeting on October 5,” the minister said.

The foreign minister said Bangladesh will raise a number of bilateral issues during the talks of the two prime ministers in Delhi. He didn’t specify any issue.

Currently, Momen said, Bangladesh and India are enjoying best ever bilateral relations.

He highlighted the relations between Bangladesh and India and said they keep “trust” in India’s promise on the Assam’s NRC that New Delhi said “is entirely India’s internal affairs”.

Over 100 agreements have been signed in the last 10 years, 68 of which were concluded in the last three years alone. The decades-old land boundary and maritime issues have been solved, but the equitable share of the Teesta river water remains unresolved.

Prior this, he said, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to hold a brief meeting with Modi on the sidelines of the upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York this month.

Chief Editor and Managing Director of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Abul Kalam Azad, Editor in Chief of ETV Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, General Secretary of National Press Club Farida Yasmin, Bhorer Kagoj Editor Shyamal Dutta and Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director Mozammel Haque Babu were present among the senior journalists.

According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the foreign minister said Bangladesh has achieved the fastest growth in the Asia-Pacific economies of 45 countries while Spectator Index-2019 said Bangladesh has topped in the world in achieving the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in last 10 years since 2009.

 “The Bangladesh average economic growth was only 3.2 per cent from 1976 to 1990, which is 6.8 percent in last 10 years … this is amazing,” he said adding, “Our main success is to sustain the high rate of economic growth in last 10 years.”

Focusing on various initiatives to serve the expatriate Bangladeshis, the minister said his ministry introduced a mobile apps named ‘Dutabash’ to provide 34 different services from a single platform.

Momen said he had instructed all Bangladesh missions abroad to maintain good relations with the Bangladeshi community in their respective countries. “We are taking immediate actions against our officials abroad whenever we get any complaints from expatriate Bangladeshis,” he added.

He said the foreign ministry has taken initiatives for issuing National Identification (NID) cards abroad to the expatriate Bangladeshis with the help of the Election Commission.

“We are trying to do as much as possible for ensuring services to them in an easy and hassle-free way,” he said.

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