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Sujatha meets Hasina

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Staff Reporter
Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh on Wednesday met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and discussed various issues relating to bilateral interests, particularly the alleviation of poverty from the region.
PM’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed reporters after the meeting, held at the Prime Ministers Office.
Terming poverty as the common enemy of the region, the Prime Minister underscored the need for working together to eradicate the menace and thus improve the lifestyle of people.
Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh arrived here in the morning on a two-day visit at the invitation of her Bangladesh counterpart.
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque received Sujatha at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10.25am.
Meanwhile, the Indian Foreign Secretary had talks with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali at his Foreign Ministry office.
She will also meet opposition leader Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan residence at 4:45pm today.
The official talks between the Bangladesh and Indian foreign secretaries will be held at Hotel Sonargaon at 7.30 pm, which will be followed by dinner.
During her stay here, Sujatha will also meet Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad.
This is Sujatha Singh’s first visit to Bangladesh since she took over as Foreign Secretary on August 1, 2013.
The Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit is considered crucial as Bangladesh goes to its national election on January 5 amid the opposition’s threat to boycott it.
Bilateral pending issues, including Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) and Teesta Water sharing deal, are likely to be discussed during her visit.