Modi, Hasina to meet on sidelines of BIMSTEC : Shahriar

Modi, Hasina to meet on sidelines of BIMSTEC : Shahriar

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Dhaka, Aug 29: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her counterpart Narendra Modi are going to meet on the sidelines of the 4th Summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) that begins on Thursday in Kathmandu, Nepal, Bangladesh Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said on Wednesday afternoon.

He said Ms Hasina is scheduled to leave for Kathmandu on Thursday morning, to attend the two-day summit, with the theme 'Towards a Peaceful, Prosperous and Sustainable Bay of Bengal Region'.

He said two important documents on enhancing cooperation, and development, of the Bimstec region, are likely to be signed at the summit’s retreat session. The Rohingya issue is also expected to come under discussion at the retreat session, the state minister said.

Shahriar said leaders of Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal will assess the progress of mutual cooperation on expanding trade and investment, forming a free-trade zone, enhancing regional connectivity, alleviating poverty, measuring the impact of climate change, increasing cooperation in the power sector, and fostering culture. (UNI)