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Akhi Malek

2019-02-07 22:06:36 BdST

Dr Momen to meet Modi Thursday in New Delhi

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, currently in New Delhi, is set to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi morning ahead of the 5th Joint Consultative Commission (JCC).

The JCC meeting is scheduled for Friday.

Dr Momen, who arrived in India on Wednesday night, will reiterate Bangladesh's position to work closely with its important neighbor, on all fronts; for the betterment of the two countries, their people, and beyond, during his meeting with Modi, says a diplomatic source.

He is likely to seek India's increased support to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

Foreign Minister Dr Momen and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will lead Bangladesh and Indian delegations, respectively, at the 5th JCC meeting.

Bangladesh and India have planned to sign five MoUs during the next round of foreign minister-level bilateral talks on Friday, aiming to take the relations between the two countries to newer heights, an official told UNB.

The documents that are likely to be signed include an MoU between the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh, and the National Medical Plants Board, India on cooperation regarding medicinal plants.

An MoU among the National Centre for Good Governance, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India, and Ministry of Public Administration, Bangladesh—will include a capacity-building program for Bangladesh’s civil servants; and an MoU between Hiranandani Group and Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) to develop an Indian Economic Zone in Mongla, Bangladesh are also likely to be signed.

Two more MoUs between Bangladesh’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI); and state-run Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Prasar Bharti of India are also planned to be signed.

The 5th JCC meeting will review the progress made in areas such as: trade and investment, security, connectivity, border management, power, energy, shipping, and people-to-people exchanges; apart from Rohingya issue, said a diplomatic source.

The two countries will also discuss common challenges and find ways for the two friendly countries—along with other like-minded nations—to continue fighting the scourge of terrorism, extremism, and radicalization, the source said.

Foreign Minister Dr Momen will leave New Delhi for Dhaka on Saturday morning after wrapping up his first foreign tour as Foreign Minister.

Previously, acting High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Dr Adarsh Swaika met the new Foreign Minister of Bangladesh and handed over a letter of congratulations from the External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first among the global leaders to congratulate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after her party Awami League’s absolute victory in the December-30 elections.

Prime Minister Modi expressed his confidence that the partnership between Bangladesh and India will continue to flourish under her “farsighted” leadership.

He also reiterated the importance India attaches to Bangladesh as a neighbor; a close partner for regional development, security and cooperation; and a central pillar in India’s ‘’Neighbourhood First” policy.

The 4th Joint Consultative Commission between Bangladesh and India, led by former Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj respectively, was held in October 2017.

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