PM’s trip: Menon makes unscheduled visit to Dhaka

National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon paid an unscheduled visit to the Bangladesh capital, his second within a week to review the last-minute preparations for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s September 6-7 visit here.

Dhaka: National Security Adviser Shivshankar
Menon paid an unscheduled visit to the Bangladesh capital, his
second within a week to review the last-minute preparations
for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s September 6-7 visit here.

Official sources said Menon was in Dhaka for a few hours
on Saturday to review the latest developments linked to Singh`s
visit.

"Mr Menon held meetings with Water Resources Minister
Ramesh Sen and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina`s Foreign Affairs
Adviser Gawher Rizvi and Economic Affairs Adviser Mashiur
Rahman," a source said without elaborating.

The source said Menon represented Indian Water Resource
Minister PK Bansal in the meeting with Sen, whose counterpart
is expected in Dhaka ahead of Singh`s visit, as the two
countries are set to ink a deal on sharing of waters of Teesta
river coinciding with the meeting of their Prime Ministers.

Earlier, the NSA had come to Dhaka on August 28 on a two-
day tour and held extensive talks with Bangladeshi leaders,
including Hasina, to fine tune agreements, MoUs and protocols
that are expected to be signed during Singh`s visit. The
issues discussed included connectivity, trade, power, border,
water, security and culture.

In a related development, Indian security officials
yesterday held extensive meetings with their Bangladesh
counterparts at the Prime Minister`s office on issues related
to Singh`s security during his tour, officials said.

"They held long meetings and reviewed the security
arrangements," an Indian High Commission spokesman said.

PTI

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