The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, postponed her official visit to India scheduled for December 18-20, officials said on Thursday.
‘The visit is postponed,’ a senior diplomat told New Age, adding, ‘the visit may take place in the first quarter of the next year.’
The informal disclosure on postponement was made when both sides were engaged in intense negotiations on signing of over two dozen instruments and making formal announcements on issues, including matters that had certain degree of sensitivity, the officials said.
India has been pushing Bangladesh for signing an instrument on a framework of defence cooperation. In his first official visit to Dhaka in the past week, Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar discussed with Bangladesh officials about India’s plan for forging a fresh defence cooperation framework.
India has also been pursuing for signing agreements to allow it to use Chittagong and Mongla seaports for carrying goods from western part of India to its eastern states using multimodal transport mechanism with a nominal fee.
Bangladesh has been requesting in a protracted negotiations for signing a deal on sharing waters of Teesta, one of the 54 common rivers.
‘None of the sides are ready for making certain deals and make some commitments right now,’ said a senior official.
Officials in both capitals were working on the possibility of signing over two dozen bilateral instruments as Sheikh Hasina’s visit to New Delhi was set to take place in the backdrop of the state visit of the Chinese president, Xi Jingpin, to Dhaka in October.
This would be her first bilateral visit to India after taking over power by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government in the next door neighbour.
Modi visited Dhaka in June 2015.
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