Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla’s sudden visit to Dhaka earlier this week has set off intense speculation in the diplomatic and political establishments of the two countries.
The two-day visit was announced just a day before Shringla, who was the Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh until last year, landed in Dhaka on a special Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft late Tuesday morning.
Shringla carried an ‘important message’ from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, who he met the same evening at ‘Gonobhaban’, her official residence.
It is the content of this ‘message’ which set off a lot of speculation. That meeting at Gonobhaban lasted for nearly 90 minutes.
It was officially announced that Shringla conveyed to the Bangladesh Prime Minister India’s decision to share the Covid-19 vaccine, which is undergoing trials, with Bangladesh as soon as it receives certification.
Shringla also told the mediapersons in Dhaka that he conveyed India’s commitment to expedite infrastructure and other projects it is implementing in Bangladesh to Sheikh Hasina.