PM for increasing connectivity with India for mutual benefits

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said initiative has taken to resume various cross-border routes between Bangladesh and India that were stopped in 1965, stressing the need for enhancing connectivity between the two countries for mutual benefits

“We have to increase connectivity. If the connectivity between the countries is increased, India’s North Eastern provinces – Assam and Tripura – can have access to Chattagram port,” she said.

The premier said this when Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar paid a courtesy call on her at her official Ganabhaban residence here this afternoon, reports BSS.

PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed newsmen after the call on.

During the meeting, they expressed happiness at the current state of the existing bilateral relations between the countries.

In this connection, the Prime Minister said the high-level visits between the countries will give impetus to carry forward the relations.

The Indian Minister said the bilateral issues between the countries are being reviewed and progressing well.

Defense sector cooperation, water sharing of Kushiara and Feni rivers, current Covid -19 situation and impacts of Russia-Ukraine war on the global economy prominently came up in  the discussion.

The Prime Minister said the Covid-19 situation is well in Bangladesh while Jaishankar said the normalcy is bringing back in India.

Foreign Senior Secretary Masud Bin Momen,  PMO Senior Secretary Md Tofazzel Hossain Miah and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami were present.

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in   Dhaka this afternoon.