Ex-Bangladeshi premier Khaleda Zia to meet PM Manmohan Singh today



Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Bangladesh’s former prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia, who is on a week-long trip to India, will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Monday.

Khaleda Zia, who is presently the leader of the main opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), arrived in New Delhi yesterday and met Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj at her residence.

Zia, who is here till November 3, is visiting India at the invitation of the external affairs minister.

Zia is also scheduled to meet up with the President and later in the week, she would also call on external affairs minister, national security adviser and foreign secretary. She is also expected to visit Ajmer Sharif.

Zia's visit comes in the backdrop of India and Bangladesh failing to ink the crucial Teesta water sharing pact despite the broad agreement between the two sides, mainly because of the opposition by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. There were efforts to sign the agreement during the PM's visit to Dhaka last year.

With its decision to invite Zia, India is trying to dispel the impression that its diplomatic engagement and comfort level was limited to the Sheikh Hasina-led government in Bangladesh, which is going for general elections in 2014.

Zia's last official visit to India was in 2006 as the then Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

With PTI Inputs