Pranab's Bangladesh visit to inject new dynamism to talks

India and Bangladesh are set to review the accords signed during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's historic visit to New Delhi in 2010 and Manmohan Singh's reciprocal visit to Bangladesh in September last year.

Seven months after the setback in signing the Teesta water sharing deal, the two neighbours have embarked on a fresh move to inject dynamism to their negotiations.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will arrive here on May 6, to be immediately followed by Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni's visit to New Delhi.

The Bangladesh side has indicated that the high-level visits are intended to expedite implementation of the accords.

Although Mr. Mukherjee's visit is scheduled for his participation as the Guest of Honour at the concluding session of the year-long celebrations of Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary, the senior leader is expected to discuss the implementation of the joint statement issued by the two Prime Ministers in September last year.

He will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Finance Minister AMA Muhith and Leader of the Opposition Begum Khaleda Zia.

Ms. Moni will visit New Delhi on May 7 to attend the closing ceremony of Tagore's birth anniversary celebrations that the two countries had decided to celebrate jointly. Ms. Moni will hold talks with her Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna. during the New Delhi Tour.

Ms. Moni, who visited Kolkata on May 29 to receive the prestigious Mother Teresa International Award, is expected to be in New Delhi soon to jointly chair the first Joint Consultative Commission meeting, which was formed under the framework agreement on development and cooperation. The JCC meeting will discuss a wide range of issues including water sharing, connectivity, border security and trade.

Lok Sabha Speaker of Indian Parliament Meira Kumar is also expected to visit Dhaka May-end, to attend the joint inauguration of the commemorative function on Bangladesh's national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, on an invitation from her counterpart Abdul Hamid.

Mr. Mukherjee's forthcoming visit to Dhaka visit will coincide the first official visit to Bangladesh by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will arrive in Dhaka on May 6. She will call on Ms. Hasina and Ms. Khaleda Zia.

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