To give priority to India’s Neighbourhood First policy, newly appointed Foreign Secretary Harsh Bardhan Shringla will undertake his first foreign visit to Bangladesh where he served recently as High Commissioner for three years.
After his Dhaka visit, the Foreign Secretary will visit other neighboring countries as well. Main purpose of his visit this time will be to finalise the details of the programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is scheduled to undertake an official visit to Dhaka on March 16 at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has invited Mr Modi along with other world leaders to join the opening ceremony of birth centenary celebrations of founder of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman which begins on March 16. Sources confirmed that Mr Modi will deliver keynote address on during his visit underlining the fact that Bangladesh has become truly secular country under the leadership of Bangabandhu and the legacy carried on by his daughter and the present Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Utterances of BJP, India’s ruling party, leaders notwithstanding about Bangladesh and its people, Mr Modi will definitely avoid all controversial comments about Bangladesh which has become a trusted friend of India over the years .