New Delhi Correspondent
In the first high-level political bilateral engagement since a new government under Sheikh Hasina assumed charge, Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen will call on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Thursday in an event that will set the tone and tenor for a meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting the next day.
The JCC meeting on Friday is likely to be followed by the signing of several memorandums of understanding (MoUs) between India and Bangladesh. The previous meeting of the JCC was held in Dhaka in October, 2017.
Momen, who arrives here on February 6 for a three-day official visit at the head of a high-level delegation comprising secretaries of different ministries, will meet Modi on Thursday morning.
The next day, the visiting Foreign Minister and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj chair the JCC meeting discussing the entire range of bilateral agenda including the Rohingya issue, defence and security cooperation, power, investment, trade, connectivity, border management, energy and shipping.
During his stay here, Momen will also hold a separate one-to-one meeting with Swaraj on Friday prior to joining the JCC meet.
The Bangladesh Foreign Minister will also meet former Indian President and Pranab Mukherjee at the latter’s residence here.
Former Permanent Representative of India to the U N Ashok Mukherjee will call Moment at his hotel suite on Thursday afternoon.
Momen will also join a lunch to be hosted by the Indian Ministry of External
Affairs in his honour on Friday and a dinner by Minister of state for Housing
and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday.
Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi will host a dinner for Momen on Friday before he returns to Dhaka on Saturday.