4 MoUs likely to be signed during Hasina-Modi’s virtual talk
Published: 11:11 AM, 24 November 2020
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (L) and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi (R)
Four Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) are likely to be signed during the upcoming virtual meeting of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi next month.
“It is likely as many as four MoUs are to be signed during the virtual meet... but the MoUs are yet to be finalized,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen told BSS on Monday.
The foreign minister said that after the meeting, the two premiers may also inaugurate some projects that have already been completed under the Indian Line of Credit (LoC).
The virtual summit meeting between Prime Ministers of the two neighbouring countries will take place in the third week of December, either on 16 or 17.
Dr Momen said Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen will visit New Delhi before the prime minister-level talks for finalizing the agendas of the forthcoming meeting.
“We are thankful to India that their premier will talk to our honourable Prime Minister during our victory month as our victory is India’s victory as well,” he said.
Before the foreign ministerial level 6th Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting in September last, Dr Momen had hinted that some bilateral agreements may be signed during the next meet of the two prime ministers.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Premier Modi held last bilateral talks in New Delhi on October 5 last year.
The Indian premier was scheduled to visit this year to join the birth centenary celebration of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman but the trip was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The foreign minister said Dhaka had invited Narendra Modi to visit here in person on March 26 to join the nation’s celebration of the 50 years of the independence.
“We’ve invited him (Narendra Modi) and they accepted the invitation in principle,” he said as Bangladesh and India will celebrate Bangladesh’s 50 years of independence together next year.
Earlier, newly appointed Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami assured that the virtual Hasina-Modi summit in December is not being seen as a substitute for in person visit by the Indian Prime Minister here.
Currently, Bangladesh and India are enjoying excellent bilateral relations, termed as ‘golden chapter’ and ‘rock solid’ by leaders of both the countries.