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Indo-Bangla Foreign Secy-level talks in Dhaka

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 9 - Amidst the surcharged political scenario in the neighbouring country, the Foreign Secretary-level talks would be held later this week. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will reach Dhaka on Wednesday on a two-day official visit.

The meeting would pave the way for the Joint Consultative Meeting at the Foreign Minister level scheduled to be held in July.

Sources said that Jaishankar will meet top Government officials to discuss security and other bilateral issues. The Indian Foreign Secretary will hold meetings with the Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Shahidul Haque.

Jaishankar will travel to Dhaka as a special envoy of India and is expected to carry a message from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over the ongoing security situation in Bangladesh, sources said.

Jaishankar�s visit comes in the backdrop of the recent spurt in killings taking place in Bangladesh.

Sources said that Delhi is attaching much importance to the visit, as it is taking place soon after US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal visited Dhaka following the brutal murder of a local staff of USAID Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Tonoy.

India has also noted that Bangladesh had last week asked Pakistan not to interfere in its internal affairs, like trial for crimes against humanity.

Besides, the country has also asked Pakistan �to stop misinterpreting� the 1974 tripartite agreement signed by Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam made the statement last week reacting to Pakistan�s expression of concern over the dismissal of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami�s review plea against the death sentence awarded to him for the war crimes he committed in 1971.

�We are disappointed with Pakistan�s reaction. We never welcome anyone interfering in our internal issues,� the State minister was quoted as having said.

According to the 1974 tripartite agreement, it was agreed that the 195 Pakistani war criminals who were repatriated to Pakistan would be given immunity, but it was not mentioned anywhere in the agreement that the Bangladesh nationals who were involved in war crimes would not be tried, he further said.

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