Sushma set to tour Bangladesh this month

The Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj is likely to visit Bangladesh this month-end in her what could be her first stand-alone bilateral visit to a South Asian country since assuming charge. She is expected to visit Bhutan with PM Narendra Modi before that.

While dates of Swaraj’s visit are yet to be finalized, indications are that she will go to Dhaka on June 26.

sushma1-620x350 The external affairs ministry spokesman said Swaraj was going to a neighbouring country this month but did not specify the country and the dates.

“If you would like to know whether the external affairs minister independently would be going to another neighbour, my answer would be yes,” he said, adding, “This will indicate to you that the neighbourhood is India’s priority. We will let you know those when, because it is not before the visit of the prime minister to Bhutan.”

Bangladeshi foreign minister A H Mahmood Ali had written to Swaraj soon after she was sworn in as external affairs minister on May 26, felicitating her and inviting her to visit Bangladesh.