Modi and Hasina will address the convocation at the Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan and then hold bilateral talks on May 25. The two leaders will also jointly inaugurate the Bangladesh Bhavan at the university that has been funded by the Hasina government.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will also attend the programme, and her presence could give impetus to the long pending Teesta rivers water sharing treaty. The conclusion of the treaty has been delayed due to intto intransigence of the West Bengal government. Banerjee is expected to make some commitments on Teesta water sharing issue in presence of Hasina, according to persons familiar with the issue.
The issue of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, their return to Myanmar and the Teesta water sharing treaty are likely to be the main issues on Hasina’s agenda. Dhaka wants Delhi to compel Myanmar to take back the Rohingya refugees. Water, connectivity, power and infrastructure — four main areas of cooperation between the two countries – are the other issues that could come up for discussions.
Relations between India and Bangladesh have widened and deepened in the past decade under the Hasina government. >