INTERNATONAL DESK: Bangladesh and India will hold the next Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) meeting in the fourth week of October to review the entire bilateral relations and take forward the decisions taken so far.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will lead their respective sides at the meeting which is likely to be held on October 23.
Sushma Swaraj is scheduled to arrive Dhaka on October 23, a diplomatic source told reporter on Friday.
The meeting will coordinate, oversee and follow-up implementation of initiatives as well as explore new avenues for cooperation.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque met his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Thursday in New Delhi and discussed the visit of Indian External Affairs apart from other bilateral ones.
They discussed two specific issues — Rohingya crisis and visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Bangladesh, said a diplomatic source.
Indian Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley during his recent Dhaka visit said connectivity is crucial to the success of Bangladesh-India bilateral development partnership, sub-regional economic cooperation and economic prosperity in the region.
“India-Bangladesh relations are at their best today and stand out as a model for other countries to emulate,” he said after his meeting with Finance Minister AMA Muhith at the latter’s office before Bangladesh and India signed the final agreement of $4.5 billion 3rd Indian Line of Credit (LoC).
Both Bangladesh and India reviewed bilateral relationship, in particular economic cooperation, which has recorded “significant progress” in recent years.
Bangladesh and India think Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India was a landmark event that resulted in the signing of a record 36 agreements.
Several investment proposals by Indian public and private sector companies in Bangladesh are in the pipeline.