Hasina and Modi are due to hold bilateral talks today

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Hasina and Modi are due to hold bilateral talks today

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar agreed yesterday that Bangladesh and India should work together to overcome the challenges posed by the Russia-Ukraine war to ensure energy security.

On the first day of his four-day visit to India, Hasina spoke with Jaishankar about a wide range of issues, including the Rohingya crisis and buying fuel in Delhi.

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After the meeting, Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister Masud bin Momen told reporters that if India had a surplus of oil to export to Bangladesh, Dhaka might consider buying it if conditions and prices were right. favorable.

“From India we can get her surplus fuel [if any] on favorable terms. We will of course take this into account,” he said.

Hasina told Jaishankar that many countries are facing problems due to soaring petrol, diesel and gas prices, the foreign minister said, adding that the purchase of surplus fuel from India would be discussed today.

Masud said it is not correct that Bangladesh cannot buy oil from Russia and is currently reviewing the technical specifications for this purpose.

At yesterday’s meeting, Hasina raised the issue of Myanmar, referring to the unrest in Rakhine province.

In response, Jaishankar said India was monitoring the recent unrest in Rakhine.

The Bangladeshi prime minister has said he fears recent unrest in Rakhine will hamper the repatriation of Rohingyas.

“Everyone feels this apprehension,” he said, quoting the prime minister.

Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary expressed her optimism that the procedures for signing seven MoUs (MoU) would be completed last night and placed in bilateral talks between Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi today today.

“These will probably be finalized tonight [Monday night],” he said.

India’s Minister of State for Railways and Textiles, Darshana Vikram Jardosh, received Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Palam Airport in New Delhi yesterday. Hasina is in India for a four-day state visit at the invitation of her counterpart Narendra Modi. Photo: Prime Minister’s Office

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India’s Minister of State for Railways and Textiles, Darshana Vikram Jardosh, received Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Palam Airport in New Delhi yesterday. Hasina is in India for a four-day state visit at the invitation of her counterpart Narendra Modi. Photo: Prime Minister’s Office

The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh said the transfer of electricity from Bhutan and Nepal to Bangladesh through the Indian power grid will also be discussed today.

He said Hasina and Jaishankar also agreed to speed up the revival of all modes of connectivity as air, road and rail links, disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, have been restored.

Jaishankar, who called Hasina at ITC Maurya, said he was delighted to meet the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

“The warmth and frequency of our contact at the executive level speaks to our close partnership with our neighbours,” he tweeted.

Earlier in the day, when Hasina arrived at Palam airport, India rolled out a red carpet to welcome her.

The Prime Minister then visited Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah and offered prayers.

Darshana Vikram Jardosh, Indian Minister of State for Railways and Textiles, received her at the airport. A six-member cultural team performed a welcome dance.

“Immensely honored to welcome and receive the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina ji in New Delhi. His visit will mark a new chapter in the deepening Indo-Bangladeshi ties under the able leadership of the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji and Sheikh Hasina ji,” Jardosh tweeted.

Later that day, Indian business tycoon Gautam Adani appealed to Hasina.

Following the meeting, Adani tweeted, “It is an honor to have met Honorable PM of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina in Delhi. His vision for Bangladesh is inspiring and incredibly bold.

“We are committed to commissioning our 1,600 MW Godda power project and dedicated transmission line in Bangladesh by Bijoy Dibosh on December 16, 2022,” he wrote.

Hasina is due to have a one-on-one meeting with Modi at Hyderabad House at 11:00 a.m. today.

She will be formally received by her Indian counterpart while a ceremonial honor guard will be granted to her on the spot.

Hasina is also expected to make separate courtesy calls to Indian President Draupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar.

She will also visit former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s family members on the same day.

In the wake of global economic headwinds unleashed by the Russian-Ukrainian war and the Covid pandemic, Hasina’s visit to India is significant as the two neighbors seek enhanced cooperation to overcome challenges and ensure stability in South Asia. .

[Our New Delhi correspondent contributed to this report.]