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Hasina-Modi meet likely Sep 27

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hasina_modiStaff Reporter
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi likely to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on September 27 which is expected to take the bilateral ties to a newer height.
The meeting will be held within a week of the third meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) between Bangladesh and India scheduled to be held in New Delhi on September 20.
Asked about the Prime Minister-level meeting, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque said, “Yes, the meeting is likely to be held on September 27.” He, however, did not elaborate.
The Prime Minister is scheduled to leave here for New York on September 21 as the 69th UNGA begins on September 16.
Before the first-ever Hasina-Modi meeting after the January-5 election here and formation of new government in New Delhi, both the countries will have a chance to review the entire bilateral issues at the JCC.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will lead their respective sides to the JCC.
A diplomatic source said the third JCC will get a wider spectrum this time with the active involvement of secretaries from both the countries.
Though the agenda of the JCC will remain ‘more or less the same’, Dhaka will push for the two major pending issues -- Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) and Teesta Water sharing deal between the two countries for their settlement at the earliest.