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POST TIME: 20 February, 2020 12:35:52 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 February, 2020 01:56:58 PM
Modi to visit Dhaka in March
Says AK Momen
Diplomatic Correspondent, Dhaka

Modi to visit Dhaka in March

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Dhaka in March on the occasion of birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said yesterday. “The Indian prime minister has roughly confirmed his visit to Bangladesh in March but the exact date of his arrival has not been fixed yet,” he said in reply to a query of the journalists after the inaugural ceremony of the ‘2nd Brainstorming Session on Comprehensive Reform of the OIC’ at a hotel in the capital.  

The minister further informed that Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla would arrive in Dhaka on March 2 and everything would be finalised jointly. He also said there will be a bilateral meeting during Modi’s visit and different kinds of programmes would be set centering his visit. “We are working on it,” he added.

He said, “Our event will be held on March 17. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina would visit Tungipara on that day. If he (Modi) comes a day before the event, it would be fine as our prime minister will then be able to receive him.” The Bangladesh government has taken various round the year programmes to celebrate ‘Mujib Year’ to mark the birth centenary of Bangabandhu. Earlier, on several occasions foreign minister Momen said distinguished persons including heads of states would join various programmes to celebrate the occasion.

He earlier said UAE Crown Prince Zayed Al Nahyan, former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Indian Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi and former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will also grace the ‘Mujib Year’ celebrations. Besides, Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau and Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be among the global leaders who are likely to join the ‘Mujib Barsha’ cerebrations in Dhaka.

The countdown of Mujib Year began on January 10.

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