PM to visit India in first half of April

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Dhaka, February 23: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will go on an official visit to India in April.

The statement was made on Thursday after Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar met her at her Parliament office.

“The prime minister will go to India in the first half of April,” Deputy Press Secretary M Nazrul Islam told the media after the meeting.

During his Dhaka visit in 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Hasina over.

The visit was scheduled for December 2016 before it was postponed.

During India’s State Minister for External Affairs MJ Akbar’s Dhaka visit in December, PMO officials had hinted the visit might take place in February.

Akbar said the government and the people of India were eagerly looking forward to welcome her in New Delhi.

Hasina and Modi held a bilateral meeting in October last year on the sidelines of the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Meeting in India’s Goa, but it was not a state visit.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali had described the visit as ‘important and sensitive’.

Jaishankar came to Dhaka on Thursday on a two-day visit. He has travelled from China.