Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to visit India on April 7

India is also expected to shore up its defence ties with the Eastern neighbour as China has earned the trust of Bangladesh by giving it its first submarine.

Published: 14th March 2017 10:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th March 2017 10:27 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: After a gap of 7 years, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India from April 7.

The much awaited visit has been announced officially after the visit had to be rescheduled many a times owing to the unavailability of Prime Minister Narendra Modi or failure of the government to reach any forward movement on Teesta Water Sharing agreement that the countries would have wished to seal during the high profile visit.

“Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, will be visiting India on a State visit from April 07-10, 2017, on an invitation extended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders will hold official talks in New Delhi on April 8,” a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement said. 

Prime Minister Modi had extended the invite during his first visit to Bangladesh in June 2015. Bangladesh is important for the “Neighbourhood First Policy” of the Narendra Modi government. The proclivity of Sheikh Hasina dispensation towards India has been manifested in the cooperation on the counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing fronts. India would have want to mark the visit with the historic Teesta Water Sharing Treaty but it has not got nod of the West Bengal Chief Minister.

India is also expected to shore up its defence ties with the Eastern neighbour as China has earned the trust of Bangladesh by giving it its first submarine, apart from other defence deals worth $ 27 billion. To sum it up differently Chinese-built submarines will be operating in the Bay of Bengal, an area traditionally considered as area under Indian influence. India is going to woo Bangladesh, crucial for providing a gateway to its north-eastern states, by extending multi-million worth Line-of-Credit for purchase of military hardware.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.