Indian external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will arrive Dhaka today on an official vist to hand over the invitation of their Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit New Delhi.
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is scheduled to arrive at Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Bangabandhu Base in Kurmitola in the capital by an Indian Air force special flight at 2:10 pm, official sources said.
He is scheduled to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban at 4 pm.
After that the Indian external affairs minister will hold a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen at Foreign Service academy at 5 pm.
Bangladesh foreign minister will also host an Iftar followed by dinner at the honor of Jaishankar at the academy.
On Tuesday, Bangladesh foreign minister said, Jaishankar might bring some good news ... "he will give us surprise".
Momen said he is happy about his Indian counterpart's visit as Bangladesh and India have been enjoying a "sweet" relation. "We always welcome him (Jaishankar) here," he added.
During the visit, the foreign minister said, the date of seventh Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting, which is scheduled to take place in New Delhi, would be fixed.
"We will discuss all our major bilateral issues," Momen added.
Modi invited Hasina to India during his Bangladesh tour in March 2021 to join the celebrations of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary and Bangladesh’s golden jubilee.
Hasina visited India for the last time in October 2019. Officials said now Jaishankar is coming to extend the invitation officially.
They also said Hasina may visit India by the end June or the beginning of July, but the date has not been finalised yet.
The last visit by Jaishankar to Bangladesh was in March last year.
Jaishankar also visit Bhutan. In Thimphu, Jaishankar will receive an audience with Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the King of Bhutan, the MEA said, He will call on Lyonchhen Lotay Tshering, the prime minister of Bhutan, and meet his counterpart Lyonpo Tandi Dorji.