LONDON: Major global and regional issues including the latest developments in Pakistan will figure in talks between Commonwealth Secretary General Don McKinnon and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when the former embarks on a three-day visit to India, starting March 22, 2007.
Besides the prime minister, McKinnon will call on President Abdul Kalam and also meet Commerce Minister Kamal Nath, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and the Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed.
On March 23, McKinnon will deliver a lecture on the challenges of the 21st century at the Indian Council of World Affairs in New Delhi.
The Secretary General will also address the opening session of the Commonwealth Connects International e-Partnership Summit on March 23, an ICT development project in the capital which aims to bridge the digital divide across the Commonwealth.
Prior to his India visit, McKinnon will make a three-day trip to Bangladesh to hold talks with the country’s caretaker government and political leaders.
McKinnon is scheduled to meet Bangladesh’s Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Choudhury and other members of the non-party caretaker government to discuss Commonwealth issues as well as to exchange views on the current political situation in that country.
He will also meet the Chief Electoral Commissioner A T M Shamsul Huda to discuss preparations for the postponed elections and possible Commonwealth assistance in that regard.