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Indian national security advisor visits Dhaka


Dhaka : India’s National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon has held comprehensive talks with top Bangladeshi officials ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Sep 6-7 visit here.

Menon, who arrived here Sunday, held talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Economic Affairs Adviser Mashiur Rahman and International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi.

the Daily Star quoted sources as saying that they deliberated upon the agreements to be signed during Manmohan Singh’s Dhaka visit.

Dhaka and New Delhi are expected to sign about a dozen accords in areas including water sharing, usage of seaports, connectivity, import of electricity and land boundary.

Menon is here to fine-tune the agreements and the agenda of the summit, said diplomatic sources.

The two countries are giving final touches to around a dozen agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU).

Manmohan Singh arrives in Dhaka Sep 6 noon and leaves the next evening.

The media report said Manmohan Singh’s trip would be the first fullfledged visit since Indira Gandhi visited Bangladesh in 1970s.

After Indira Gandhi’s visit, Indian prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi, Chandra Shekhar, P.V. Narasimha Rao, Inder Kumar Gujral and Manmohan Singh came to Bangladesh only to attend SAARC summits, India-Bangladesh-Pakistan business summit or to visit flood and cyclone-ravaged areas.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited Bangladesh for a few hours to launch the Dhaka-Kolkata bus service in July 1999.