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Shringla meets Hasina, proposes dialogue between border guards

India's foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

India’s foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina discussed a wide ranging issues concerning both the countries amid wide speculations that New Delhi would invited Hasina to be chief guest for the forthcoming Republic Day celebrations.

During his meeting with Hasina, Shringla also noted that talks between Border Security Force and Border Guard Bangladesh will help in resolving the issues on the border.  According to news agency UNI, Hasina has agreed with Shringla.

Hasina also told Shringla that India and Bangladesh will benefit from hydropower generation in Nepal and Bhutan.

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“Foreign Secretary @harshvshringla called on PM Sheikh Hasina and conveyed greetings of PM @narendramodi on the 50th anniversary of #MaitriDiwas. Noted the successful joint celebration of #MaitriDiwas in 16 countries in addition to Delhi and Dhaka, the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh said in a tweet.

Shringla during his two day visit to Dhaka also met Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Minister for Road Transport and Bridges and Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader and his Bangladeshi counterpart Ambassador Masud Bin Momen.

Both countries are now chalking out measures to boost connectivity and enhance trade.

President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Dhaka next week will also cement bilateral relations between the two neighbours.   

Earlier Bangladesh war veteran Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury told India Narrative that untoward incidents on the border hurt the poorest of the poor.

“There are areas of concerns which are related to border killings and these need to be resolved..these incidents only boost people with vested interest,” Choudhury said.