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Monday, March 2, 2015, Falgun 18, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 10, 1436 Hijr

Indian FS Due Today
Visit seen vital for settling thorny issues
Published : Monday, 2 March, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 17
Diplomatic Correspondent
India's Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar arrives in Dhaka today (Monday) after visiting Bhutan on his first leg of a four-nation SAARC yatra, a big outreach in the neighbourhood.
The new Foreign Secretary began his yatra (visit) to Bhutan on Sunday, followed by Bangladesh. He will depart for Islamabad tomorrow (Tuesday) and also visit Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Jaishankar will arrive here from Bhutan by 'Druk Air", the national carrier of Royal Bhutan.
It would be Jaishankar's maiden trip to Dhaka after assuming office as the Indian Foreign Secretary on January 29.
According to schedule, the Indian foreign secretary will hold meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Shahidul Haque at 11:00 am and call on Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at 3.30 pm at the foreign ministry today.
He will also pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the afternoon at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban (Parliament) in Dhaka.
Besides, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host a lunch in honour of the visiting Indian foreign secretary at the State Guest House Padma.
Jaishankar will also join a reception to be hosted by the Indian Embassy in the evening.

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