Khaleda meets Manmohan
10/29/12unb
Khaleda Zia & Monmohan Singh (file)-

Opposition leader Khaleda Zia, now in New Delhi, on Monday met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discussed issues relating to mutual interests of the two neighbouring countries.

The hour-long meeting from 12:30pm was held at the Indian PM’s official residence at New Delhi's 7-Race Course Road, BNP sources told UNB.

Later, Manmohan hosted a lunch in honour of Khaleda Zia.

BNP standing committee member Tariqul Islam, vice chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, BNP chairperson’s adviser Riaz Rahman, and Sabiuddin Ahmed accompanied Khaleda during the meeting.

Khaleda Zia, also the BNP chairperson, reached New Delhi on Sunday on a weeklong tour and met her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj at her residence.

The BNP chief, who is scheduled to return home on November 3, is visiting India at the invitation of the external affairs minister.

Khaleda is also scheduled to meet the Indian President and external affairs minister, national security adviser and foreign secretary. She is also expected to visit Ajmer Sharif.

She is visiting India against the backdrop of India and Bangladesh’s failure to ink the crucial Teesta water sharing treaty despite the broad agreement between the two sides, mainly because of the opposition by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. There were efforts to sign the agreement during the PM's visit to Dhaka last year.

With its decision to invite Khaleda, India is trying to dispel the impression that its diplomatic engagement and comfort level was limited to the Sheikh Hasina-led government in Bangladesh, which is going for general elections in 2014.

Khaleda’s last official visit to India was in 2006 as the then Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

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