Indian premier is likely to visit Tungipara: officials

The Indian premier was scheduled to make a two-day visit to Bangladesh in March this year to join the country’s 50th Independence Day, 50th year of Dhaka-New Delhi diplomatic ties and Bangabandhu’s birth centenary celebrations.

“The tour may take him to Bangabandhu shrine at Tungipara for paying homage,” a Bangladesh high commission official told BSS on the sidelines of Bangladesh-India Foreign Office Consultation (FOC) in the Indian capital.

An Indian official familiar with the FOC confirmed plans for Modi’s Tungipara visit but added that discussions on the matter was underway.

“If everything goes well, there is a strong possibility that he will visit Tungipara,” the Indian official said.

According to the officials on both sides the Indian premier will arrive Dhaka on 26 March and return home on the next day while it would be his first overseas tour since the global COVID-19 outbreak.

They said the Indian premier would join the celebrations on the first day and hold talks with his Bangladesh counterpart on the next day.

The officials said the FOC on Friday featured the entire gamut of bilateral issues including COVID-19 cooperation, security and defence affairs while Bangladesh foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen and his Indian counterpart Harsh Vardhan Shringla led their respective sides.

Momen today visited the Bagabandhu-Bapu Digital Exhibition currently on display at Vigyan Bhawan and also interacted with Indian Foreign Service Officer Trainees at the Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.

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