Friday, 20 May, 2022

Dhaka-Delhi JCC meet likely in Feb

Jaishankar tests positive for corona

NEW DELHI: The 7th meeting of Bangladesh-India Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) is likely to be held in New Delhi in February to discuss a wide range of bilateral issues.

 However, no date has been finalised yet as said by spokesperson for the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Arindam Bagchi in a virtual briefing on Friday.

Meanwhile, a source in the government said the meeting could be held in February this year.

The mechanism of bilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries is known as JCC and the last JCC was held virtually in Dhaka on September 29, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The MEA spokesperson said, "On January 6,             

External Affair Minister Dr S Jaishankar during his telephonic talks invited Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen to India to join the JCC meeting. The date of the meeting will be decided mutually in a convenient time.”

Meanwhile, Jaishankar has been infected with Covid-19. "Have tested Covid positive. Urge all those who have come in recent contact to take suitable precautions," the Indian external affairs minister said in a Twitter thread.

Although the overall Covid-19 situation has improved in India, it is still not clear whether the JCC meeting will be held in physical or virtual mode.

JCC is a mechanism where a whole gamut of bilateral relations is reviewed and new diplomatic initiatives are taken. The meeting is co-chaired by the foreign ministers of the two countries.

There are certain issues which will be flagged in this 7th JCC meeting. India is likely to renew its proposal for joint production of coronavirus vaccines which is pending for several months.

India and Bangladesh are planning to launch a website jointly on 1971 War of Liberation where all the documents related to the war will be accessible for general public.

Both the ministers may take a decision for official release of a biopic on Bangabandhu and the liberation war documentary.

The biopic is expected to be released on March 26 this year.

Besides, the issues of long-pending Teesta water-sharing agreement and border killing may come up for discussion.

Apart from fencing the remaining parts of borders, some community development projects for the residents living along borders may be announced to create an atmosphere of confidence and check criminal activities.

Keeping in view graduation of Bangladesh from the group of least developed countries to a developing one, major trade agreement in line of free trade agreement may be discussed and a taskforce under commerce ministries of the two countries is being envisaged.

On the connectivity, new rail link between Dhaka and Siliguri or Jalpaiguri may be commenced this year.

The possible opening of land and river checkposts for the easy travel of the citizens of the two countries may also come up for discussion at the meeting.