Dates of B'desh PM's visit to India yet to be finalised: MEA

| Updated: Dec 09, 2016 03:23 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 8 (ANI): After accepting the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina dates to the India visit are yet to be fixed as the schedules of dignitaries from both the countries are yet to match. "Dates are not announced because schedules have not yet matched. Visit can take place when incoming dignitary and receiving dignitary are on the same page on scheduling of engagements," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. "So far, we have not announced the visit of Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. We want the visit to take place as soon as possible. Two sides are in close contact to work out the schedule of the visit," he added. Earlier, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accepted Narendra Modi's invitation to visit India and programme elements and dates are being worked out, External Affairs Ministry said. "Prime Minister Modi has extended an invitation to Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina to visit India and the invitation has been accepted. Details of the visit, including the dates and programme elements, are still being worked out by the ministry with the Bangladeshi High Commission in New Delhi as well as the Bangladeshi authorities in Dhaka. As always, these matters are being discussed in a spirit of friendship," Vikas Swarup said. The Ministry also dismissed as "imaginative" the contents of media reports regarding the issue. Bangladesh is expecting the signing of water sharing agreement of Teesta in the upcoming India tour of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. (ANI)
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