Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmood.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmood reached New Delhi today. Randhir Jaiswal, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, wrote on Twitter, “A warm welcome to Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmood on his first official visit to India.
He said that this important visit will give further impetus to the strong partnership between India and Bangladesh. Mahmood is coming to India on the invitation of Foreign Minister S Jaishankar. Notably, this is Mahmood’s first foreign visit after swearing in the new Bangladesh government following Sheikh Hasina’s historic victory and securing her fourth consecutive term as Prime Minister.
A warm welcome to FM @DrHasanMahmud62 of Bangladesh on his first official visit to India.
🇮🇳-🇧🇩 strong partnership will get further impetus with this significant visit. pic.twitter.com/oNMvgJQ8Z4
— Randhir Jaiswal (@MEAIndia) February 6, 2024
Bilateral relations will get strengthened
The Ministry of External Affairs said that this visit reflects the high importance and priority given by both the countries to their bilateral relations. During his February 7-9 visit to the country, Bangladeshi Minister Hasan Mahmood will meet and hold talks with Jaishankar, where they will review progress across a wide range of bilateral relations and lay out an agenda for future engagement.
Multilateral issues also discussed
The Ministry of External Affairs said that they will also exchange views on sub-regional, regional and multilateral issues of common interest. Earlier this January, Jaishankar had met his Bangladesh counterpart Mahmood on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Kampala, Uganda.
Mahmood said that he had valuable talks with Jaishankar to strengthen India-Bangladesh relations. Jaishankar first congratulated Mehmood on his appointment and said that he looked forward to welcoming him in Delhi soon.
Awami League formed government
Hasan Mahmood, who hails from Chittagong in south-east Bangladesh, served as deputy foreign minister during Sheikh Hasina’s second term from 2009-2014. Hasina’s party, Awami League, won 223 seats in the elections held on January 7 to form the government.
The Awami League government named its 36-member cabinet after President Mohammad Shahabuddin invited them to form the government. The elections were held amid tension, as Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Jamaat-e-Islami and like-minded parties boycotted the elections and went on strike across the country.