Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will begin a three-day visit to Bangladesh and Bhutan on Thursday with a focus on enhancing bilateral cooperation and exchanging views on key issues.
In Dhaka, Mr Jaishankar will summon Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and hold talks with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) said on Wednesday, announcing the visit.
It is understood that Mr Jaishankar’s visit to Bangladesh was intended to provide a reason for Hasina’s visit to India.
“The forthcoming visit of the foreign minister to Bangladesh is likely to be seen in the context of frequent bilateral high-level visits and exchanges especially as the two sides commemorate 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations,” the MEA said in a statement.
Mr Jaishankar’s last visit to Bangladesh was in March last year.
The foreign minister will be Bhutan’s first high-level visitor from abroad since March 2020, the MEA said, adding it reflected the great importance of the two countries uniting the relationship.
In Thimphu, Mr Jaishankar will receive a meeting with Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, MEA said, He will call Lyonchhen Lotay Tshering, the prime minister of Bhutan, and meet his Lyonpo counterpart Tandi Dorji.
“India and Bhutan share a unique and time -tested bilateral relationship, characterized by full trust, goodwill and mutual understanding,” the MEA said.
“During the visit, the two sides will discuss all issues of mutual interest, including the upcoming high-level exchanges, economic development and hydropower cooperation,” he said.