Khaleda Zia, two-term former Bangladesh PM, in conversation with Shubhajit Roy.
Modi’s focus on building relations with neighbours is significant change: Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief.
There was much speculation in Dhaka whether the meeting with Zia would take place or not but she turned up at the hotel where Sushma was staying.
The meeting was termed as a “courtesy meeting” by Indian officials.
PM Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League’s govt has been arguing that the visiting External Affairs minister need not meet Zia.
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and opposition chief Khaleda Zia congratulated Modi for BJP’s victory.
Khaleda had said that her husband Ziaur Rahman was the first president of the country and the proclaimer of the independence from Pakistan.
BNP, which had boycotted general elections, fielded its candidates in local body polls.
Zia demanded deployment of Ansar forces to guard her upmarket Gulshan residence in Dhaka.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hosted an exclusive lunch for Zia when she visited India a year later.
Clashes between activists of the ruling Awami League and ally Jatiya Party turned violent.
It’s an election centred around the very idea of Bangladesh.
The main opposition BNP called the strike from Saturday morning in a last ditch effort to scuttle the polls.
BNP calls 48-hr strike from today.
Hasina asked Zia to stop killing people in the name of anti-government movement.