New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee is visiting Bangladesh on March 3-5, 2013 in a trip that is expected to take bilateral relations between the two neighbours to new heights.
Mukherjee, in his first trip abroad after assuming presidency, will be accompanied by Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and four MPs. His wife Suvra Mukherjee will also accompany him.
The visit comes as Bangladesh is witnessing massive clashes after a top Islamist opposition leader was sentenced to death for his role in atrocities, including rape and killings, during the 1971 Freedom War.
The clashes, between youngsters celebrating the death sentence for the war crimes and supporters of the convicted Jamaat-e-Islami chief Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, have left over 50 people dead since Thursday.
The four MPs accompanying the president are Sitaram Yechury, Chandan Mitra, Mukul Dey and Bhubaneshwar Kalita.
Mukherjee is to call on Bangladesh President M Zillur Rahman and receive the Bangladesh Liberation War Honour Award. He will also meet Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, opposition leader Khaleda Zia, the foreign minister and the finance minister.