Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid arrived in the capital Dhaka Saturday morning for a two-day visit to review and consolidate bilateral relations between the two countries.

A flight carrying the minister touched the ground at Shahjalal International Airport in the capital around 10:35am where his Bangladeshi counterpart Dipu Moni received him.

Khurshid is scheduled to hold the second high-level meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) with Dipu Moni where a whole range of bilateral issues will be discussed.

The Indian minister is also scheduled to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other senior leaders of the government.

Khurshid and Dipu Moni, after the JCC meeting, are expected to sign several bilateral documents on cooperation in various sectors.

They are to sign two memorandums of understanding (MoU) — the construction of Akhaura-Agartala rail link and the setting up of a think-tank named Bangladesh-India Foundation.

An addendum to the Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement between the two countries will also expect to be signed. 

Besides, 1,094 Bangladesh-India strip maps out of 1,129 will be exchanged. A solar lamp will be handed over to Bangladesh as symbol of Indian assistance in the Sidr-affected areas.

BBN/SSR/AD-16Feb13-12:50 (BST)