Dhaka’s plans to develop its section of the Teesta river and the signing of several agreements to bolster bilateral cooperation are expected to top the agenda for Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s two-day visit to India from Friday.

Hasina was among the leaders of seven regional countries invited to New Delhi for the inauguration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third term on June 9, and her decision to undertake a bilateral visit within a fortnight reflects the importance attached by Bangladesh to the ties with India.

The Bangladesh side was also keen to go ahead with the prime minister’s trip to India in June before her planned visit to China in July, people familiar with the matter said on condition of anonymity. This is being seen as part of Dhaka’s efforts to balance its ties with New Delhi and Beijing.

Hours after Hasina’s arrival in the Indian capital, external affairs minister S Jaishankar met her to discuss bilateral ties. “Delighted to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh this evening. Her State visit to India underlines our close and abiding ties,” Jaishankar said on X after the meeting.

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