Swaraj, who arrived here late last night on her first trip abroad after taking charge as the Indian External Affairs Minister, met Hasina after holding talks with her Bangladeshi counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali.

Though there are no pacts to be signed, the trip, which is termed as a ‘goodwill’ visit, is aimed at taking forward the bilateral ties that are on a ‘positive trajectory’ for the past few years.

Among other issues, the two sides also discussed ways to enhance ties in important areas including economic cooperation.

On the fragile issues of LBA and Teesta River, the Indian side may not have ‘clear answers’ but efforts were made to assure Bangladesh of New Delhi’s positive intention.

Significantly, it was BJP's opposition, coupled with that of Trinamool Congress and Asom Gana Parishad which prevented the previous Congress-led UPA government from formalising the land boundary agreement and signing the Teesta water sharing deal with Bangladesh.

The visiting Indian External Affairs Minister will have an engagement with think tanks, chambers of commerce and industry and cultural organisations on Thursday evening.


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