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Foreign Secretary Kwatra arrives in Bangladesh

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Dhaka, May 8 (PTI) Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra arrived here on Wednesday as part of high-level exchanges between the two countries to review bilateral ties and prepare the grounds for a likely visit to India by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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Kwatra arrived in Dhaka by a special flight in the evening for a short trip during which he will hold talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Masud Bin Momen on Thursday on the entire gamut of bilateral relations and ways to further expand the ties, the Dhaka Tribune newspaper reported.

He will also call on Prime Minister Hasina and Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud.

"There are discussions regarding the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Hasina to India within the next couple of months. The preparatory issues may also come up for discussion during Indian FS's engagements in Dhaka," the paper reported, citing a diplomatic source.

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Citing diplomatic sources, the paper said that Prime Minister Hasina's visit to India is planned for early July, after the conclusion of the general elections.

Mahmud visited India in February. It was his first bilateral foreign trip after Hasina came to power for a fifth term after a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections in January.

During his trip, Mahmud held comprehensive talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar covering all key aspects of the bilateral ties, especially in areas of cross-border connectivity, defence and security, power, energy, water resources and people-to-people exchanges.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited Dhaka in February in the first high-level visit from India after Hasina retained power. PTI ZH AKJ ZH ZH

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