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After Bhutan Foreign Secy Gokhale to visit B'desh

After Bhutan Foreign Secy Gokhale to visit Bdesh
New Delhi: After completing his two-day official visit to Bhutan, Foreign Secretary Vijay K Gokhale will visit another neighbouring country, Bangladesh, on April 8 and 9, official sources said.
This will be the first visit of the Foreign Secretary to that country after assuming charge of the External Affairs Ministry. The aim of the visit is to review the bilateral relations and for a possible summit-level meeting between the two Prime Ministers, the sources further said.
During his two-day visit to Bhutan, Gokhale held extensive talks with the top brass of the Bhutanese government on key bilateral and regional issues. Besides holding deliberations with his Bhutanese counterpart Dasho Sonam Tshong, Gokhale called on Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay and King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck during the visit which began yesterday, a statement of the External Affairs Ministry said.
"The talks were held in a cordial atmosphere in keeping with the unique and exemplary bonds of friendship and cooperation that exist between the two countries," it said.
Without elaborating, the ministry said matters "concerning" bilateral partnership figured in the talks.
The situation in India, China, Bhutan tri-junction in Doklam is understood to have figured during talks between Gokhale and the Bhutanese Foreign Secretary. The two sides also discussed the commemorative activities planned this year to mark the golden jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In Bangladesh, the Foreign Secretary will meet his counterpart Foreign Secretary Sahidul Haq. Before coming back to Delhi he will also meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister AH Mahmud Ali. There is a speculation that both the Prime Ministers will have an unscheduled meeting in London
when both the leaders join the Commonwealth Heads of the state summit meeting. But there is no official confirmation of the meeting.
Gautam Lahiri

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