After a long hiatus; PM Narendra Modi will follow a diplomatic calendar in the coming days, beginning with Bangladesh later this month. This will be PM Modi’s first foreign visit ever since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. Bangladesh proves an important neighbor to the country as it is a gateway to Southeast Asia. PM’s visit to Dhaka is expected to conclude the new pacts in key sectors. Earlier on Thursday, the External Affair minister visited Bangladesh in order to make preparations for the PM’s visit.
Treaties between the two countries
Last year a virtual summit was conducted followed by a conference between the foreign minister secretaries, power secretaries, home secretaries, police chiefs, BSF-BGB, and the defense sector.
PM’s International Departures following the pandemic
After Bangladesh, the Modi government will be seen in Europe. The Pm’s participation in the EU Summit in May will progress the interim trade deals and the emerging Indo-Pacific partnership between the EU and New Delhi. Following which India will be represented in the G-7 Summit in June.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- As per the Modi Doctrine, the government is engaging the extended neighborhood of Southeast Asia and the major global powers. Bangladesh has emerged as a country that cannot be ignored. China, Japan, the US, the UK, and the European Union (EU) have been planning their strategic diplomacy in Dhaka which has intensified in recent years. In pursuit of this, PM Modi’s visit to the neighboring land will prosper the country and spread its reigns both towards the west (India, Nepal, Bhutan) and to the East (Land route through Myanmar ending in Vietnam’s Ports).
- Despite several issues, the countries have shown ebullient progress after singing resolutions between them. India’s link with Bangladesh is civilizational, cultural, social, and economic. There is much that unites these countries with a shared heritage and history, cultural ties and linguistics, literature and art, and much more. These have formed the foundation for the substantial bilateral ties between the two neighbors.