The Foreign Secretaries of India and Bangladesh will hold consultations here on Tuesday. Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao arrived here on Sunday on a two-day visit.

During the talks, all aspects of bilateral relations as well as sub-regional issues will be discussed, said official sources. Ms. Rao's counterpart Mijarul Quayes will lead the home side. It is learnt that Ms. Rao's visit to Dhaka is also aimed at doing the spadework for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's proposed maiden visit to Bangladesh later this year.

Both foreign secretaries will hold a joint press conference on Tuesday at the conclusion of their talks.

Ms. Rao is due to meet the Prime Minister's Economic Affairs Adviser, Dr. Mashiur Rahman, and International Affairs Adviser, Dr. Gowger Rizvi. She will also meet Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and is expected to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

In New Delhi, the Water Resources Secretaries of the two countries concluded a meeting on Sunday where they discussed water-sharing issues related to the Teesta, Feni, Manu, Muhuri, Khowai, Gumti, Dharla, and Dudhkumar rivers, dredging of the Ichamati river, and bank protection works along common rivers. A joint press release said the meeting has “positively assessed” the developments since the last meeting held in January, 2011.

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