Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina over lunch at Shantiniketan in West Bengal on Friday. This will be Modi’s third informal summit with world leaders since April.
Hasina will arrive in Kokata this morning for a two day visit to India to attend the annual convocation of the Visva-Bharati University.
The two leaders will also jointly inaugurate the Bangladesh Bhavan at the university that has been funded by the Hasina government.
West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi and West Bengal CM Mamata Baerjee will also be present at the event.
After addressing the convocation, the two Prime Ministers will hold bilateral talks. The sharing of water of the Teesta river and the Rohingya crisis will likely be discussed in the meetings.
Water, connectivity, power and infrastructure – four main areas of cooperation between the two countries – are the other issues that could come up for discussions.
PM Modi will attend the convocation for the first time after being appointed Chancellor of the university in 2015.