PM Hasina: Indian North-Eastern states can use Chittagong Port

Initiative has already been taken to reopen the cross-border routes which had been shut in 1965, says PM Hasina

North-Eastern Indian states including Assam and Tripura can use the Chittagong seaport by strengthening the connectivity between the two neighbouring countries, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.

"It needs to enhance the connectivity between the two countries. If the connectivity is increased, the Indian North-Eastern states like Assam and Tripura can have access to the Chittagong seaport," she said on Thursday. 

The prime minister said this when Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met her at the latter's official residence Ganabhaban in the afternoon.  

Ihsanul Karim, press secretary to the prime minister, briefed reporters after the meeting. 

Sheikh Hasina said an initiative has already been taken to reopen the cross-border routes which had been shut between the two countries in 1965.  

During the meeting, both of them expressed happiness at the state of the existing bilateral relations between the two countries.

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Sheikh Hasina said high-level visits between the two countries give impetus to carry forward the relations.

Jaishankar said the bilateral issues are being reviewed and it’s progressing well.

Besides, different issues including defence cooperation, water sharing of Kushiara and Feni Rivers, the current Covid situation and impacts of Russia-Ukraine war on the global economy came up during discussion.

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

Jaishankar arrived in Dhaka on a day’s visit on Thursday.