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FM Momen: Bangladesh wants better connectivity with Bhutan

  • Published at 11:31 pm April 12th, 2019
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen_Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen calls on Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering at Hotel Intercontinental in Dhaka on Friday, April 12, 2019 PID

Bhutanese prime minister shows positive interest in establishing road connectivity with Bangladesh

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said Bangladesh is giving emphasis on establishing better connectivity with Bhutan.

“Our prime minister says – connectivity is productivity – so we propose Bhutan to use our sea ports and to establish road and railways connectivity with us,” he said while briefing media after calling on visiting Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering at Hotel Intercontinental in Dhaka on Friday.

Mentioning that Bhutan is not allowing heavy vehicles inside its territory for fear of environmental degradation, Momen said he had proposed Bhutan to open road connectivity with proper regulations.

The foreign minister said the Bhutanese prime minister showed positive interest in establishing road connectivity with Bangladesh soon.

“We also suggested to increase their international connectivity by using our sea ports as Bhutan is a land-locked country,” he added.

Bhutan offered access to Saidpur airport

The foreign minister said he also proposed Bhutan to use Saidpur airport in North Bengal, as the government has a plan to establish a regional aviation hub at that airport.

“Bhutan is only around a few hundred miles from Saidpur. So I proposed him to think of operating an airline from Saidpur airport to international routes,” he said.

Momen urged Bhutan to take initiative for intensifying the BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal) initiative in a more effective way to get trade benefits from the region.

“We also showed our keen interest to take hydro-electricity from Bhutan,” he said.

Five MoUs likely

Momen said Bangladesh is likely to sign a total of five MoUs with Bhutan during a meeting of the prime ministers of the two neighbouring countries on Saturday.

A Foreign Ministry official source said it is expected that five MoUs will be signed by both sides, paving the way for strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the areas of health, agriculture, shipping, tourism and public administration training.

The visiting prime minister is scheduled to leave Dhaka on April 15.