Jakarta, March 7: Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina will soon be embarking upon her postponed visit to India, she told sources at the ongoing Indian Ocean Rim Association here at the Indonesian capital.
She was scheduled to travel to New Delhi during December. However, due to the government’s preoccupation with the demonetization situation, the visit was postponed.
During Foreign Secretary S Jai Shankar's visit to Dhaka in February, Hasina’s Deputy Press Secretary M Nazrul Islam had said the Bangladeshi premier will visit India in April.
Prime Minister Modi had invited Hasina to India on his visit to the neighbouring country in 2015. She was expected to travel to India in December, but the plan was postponed, amid speculation that it was not a suitable time for the visit given the Indian government's preoccupation with the challenges thrown up by demonetization of higher denomination currency notes.
It was believed that since the ties between the Union government and the West Bengal government - a key stakeholder in the Teesta Water sharing issue - had strained over the sudden scrapping of the notes, any agreement, or meaningful discussion, on an agreement was unlikely to materialise.