Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra arrived in Dhaka last evening after a two-day official visit to Nepal. Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Masood Bin Momen welcomed the Foreign Secretary. On Wednesday, FS Kwatra participated in the Foreign Office Consultative Meeting. After the consultation meeting, the Indian High Commission in Dhaka tweeted, “Foreign Secretary @AmbVMKwatra held Foreign Office Consultations with @FSMasud of Bangladesh. Both sides reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral partnership including political, security, trade, investment, defence, connectivity, water, power and sub-regional cooperation.”
The meeting between the two Foreign Secretaries also concluded that India and Bangladesh will maintain close ties in relation to the upcoming G20 Summit under India’s Presidency as Bangladesh has been invited by India to participate as a Guest Country.
FS Kwatra also concluded a meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday. After the fruitful meeting, the Indian High Commission in Dhaka tweeted, “Foreign Secretary @AmbVMKwatra paid a courtesy call on Hon’ble Prime Minister H.E Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka. FS conveyed warm wishes of PM @narendramodi to PM H.E Sheikh Hasina and reaffirmed India’s support for wider and deeper development & economic partnership with Bangladesh.”
The last consultation meeting was held in Delhi in January 2021. A release issued by the MEA said that FS Kwatra will also meet Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen.
FS Kwatra’s meetings with the Bangladeshi leadership are a testament to India’s long term commitment to India’s ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’ and ‘Act East Policy’ which puts India’s neighbours at the forefront of Indian foreign policy, ensuring stronger bilateral relations with the subcontinent.