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Bangla expects review of ties with Pak during Khar`s visit

Last Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 16:45

Dhaka: Bangladesh expects to review its ties with Pakistan, including all outstanding issues, during the one-day visit of Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar starting tomorrow, officials said on Thursday.

"This will be a brief tour of hers (Khar) in Dhaka while her talks with our Foreign Minister Dipu Moni could last as high as 45 minutes if her flight schedule remains unchanged," a senior Bangladesh Foreign Ministry official said.

Khar is also expected to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The official said Khar`s meeting with her Bangladeshi counterpart was "certainly expected to review the bilateral issues including the outstanding ones" like sharing of pre-1971 assets and repatriation of stranded Pakistanis and official apology from Islamabad for the 1971 atrocities and security issues.

But, the official said, the two countries currently also have a vibrant economic relation with a Pakistani investment worth USD 1 billion employing some 10,000 people while Pakistan recently bought a Bangladeshi built ship and wants to procure more.

Khar is to be the first such high profile Pakistani figure to visit Dhaka since the Awami League-led grand alliance assumed office after the December 2008 general elections.

Bangladesh`s education and commerce ministers, however, had visited Islamabad during the period.

Khar`s Dhaka visit was originally set for October 25 but was postponed to what officials said "unavoidable reasons".


First Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 16:45

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