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EAM Jaishankar to visit Bangladesh and Bhutan later this week

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EAM Jaishankar to visit Bangladesh and Bhutan later this week
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India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar will be travelling to Bangladesh and Bhutan later this year as part of an in-person engagement with the Neighbours as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes.

He’ll be visiting Bangladesh in April 28,, then he’ll travel to Bhutan in April 29.. Last month, EAM travelled in close proximity to Sri Lanka and Maldives with a focus on developing projects and attending the BIMSTEC summit.

EAM makes a visit to Bangladesh, even though there are indications that Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina may travel to India in the near future.

Last Year, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind accompanied Prime Minister NarendraModi to Dhaka for the 50th independence celebrations. These coincided with Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s centenary.

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Both are involved in connectivity and power-sharing. This year may see the opening the India Bangladesh Maitri Pipeline that will allow for the transportation of diesel.

This will be Bhutan’s first ministerial visit in over two years. Bhutan had previously closed its borders because of the Covid.

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Jaishankar made his first foreign visit to Bhutan after taking office in June 2019. Along with the Maldives, Bhutan was the first to receive India’s covid vaccines. The Vaccine Maitri initiative provided 5.5 million doses of Made-In-India Covishield vaccinations to Bhutan. This allowed it to vaccinate its entire adult population in March-April 2021..

India’s “Neighbourhood first Policy” includes visits to neighboring countries. India established an Inter-Ministerial Coordination Group earlier this month to examine projects and initiatives with its neighbours, including rail connectivity with Bangladesh and special requirements of Maldives and Bhutan in terms of essential commodity supply, and fisheries problems with Sri Lanka.

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