Bangladesh foreign minister Dipu Moni’s visit to New Delhi commencing from today is significant in more ways than one. It comes at a time when both governments are nearing the end of their respective tenures and presents the final opportunity to push through some crucial bilateral deals. The main focus of Moni’s visit will be to speed-track the Teesta river water and the land boundary/exchange of enclaves agreements, and lay the groundwork for Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s expected visit in September. That visit in turn is predicted to coincide with the announcement of general elections in Bangladesh. This provides both countries with a small but significant window to put bilateral ties on a mutually beneficial, irreversible trajectory.

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