NEW DELHI: Foreign secretary Harsh Shringla visits Bangladesh on Tuesday, the primary excessive degree official go to from India for the reason that Covid pandemic broke out. Shringla, a former envoy to Bangladesh, is anticipated to satisfy Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, sources from Bangladesh stated.
Shringla is prone to be carrying a private message from her counterpart Narendra Modi. Modi final met Hasina when she visited India in 2019. Since then, in fact, a collection of home developments in India, together with CAA and NRC, have launched some pressure into the connection. The Bangladesh overseas minister, A Ok Abdul Momen, has been significantly crucial of the Indian authorities, although he seems to have moderated his stand not too long ago, describing India-Bangladesh relations as “rock solid.”
In the meantime, Bangladesh has additionally been courted by China with the promise of enormous investments, prompting some commentators to foretell troublesome days forward for the particular India-Bangladesh relationship.
With the onset of the pandemic lockdown got here a contemporary set of challenges in ties. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee closed the Petrapole-Benapole border to site visitors, inflicting immense difficulties. This prompted the Indian authorities to show to the Indian Railways and ships to move items to Bangladesh. Banerjee has additionally refused to repatriate near 2,000 Indians stranded in Bangladesh.