External Affairs Minister(EAM) of India Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has made a two-day visit to Bangladesh (August 19-20, 2019) to review bilateral relations. This was Jaishankar’s first visit to Bangladesh since he assumed office in June 2019.
The purpose of this visit is to affirm the strong relationship between the two countries and also to prepare for the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Hasina to India in October 2019.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh ,where he was received by his Bangladeshi counterpart AK Abdul Momen. The visit is the 2nd high ministerial interaction between the two sides in less than a month. On August 7-8,2019 Bangladesh’s Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan held a bilateral meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.
Jaishankar paid respects to Bangladesh’s founding father
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar paid respects to Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi area of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- The Museum was the personal residence of Mujibur Rahman where he was assassinated in 1975 along with his family members.
- Rahman daughters, Prime Minister(PM) Sheikh Hasina & Sheikh Rehana were only survived at that time as they were abroad.
EAM S Jaishankar held talks with Bangladeshi counterpart Dr. A K Abdul Menon and discussed steps to further expand the bilateral partnership across several sectors.
- Jaishankar also affirmed India’s commitment to cooperation in sectors like energy and infrastructure with Bangladesh. He also stated that India expects mutually acceptable formula on water sharing of common rivers between the two countries.
- Jaishankar stated to Bangladesh’s counterpart that Assam’s citizenship register was an ‘internal matter’ for India.
Jaishankar meets Bangladesh’s PM:
EAM S Jaishankar called on Bangladesh’s PM Sheikh Hasina and held productive discussion wherein matters of mutual interest.
Jaishankar described India-Bangladesh relations as a role model for other South Asian countries.
He also stated that India is looking forward to hosting Bangladesh’s PM visit in October 2019.
Currency: Bangladeshi taka