Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Bangladesh wants to reopen the frontier roads connecting India which have remained closed since 1965 India-Pakistan War, aiming to further strengthen connectivity.
The prime minister said this when a delegation of International Centre for Gandhian Studies, University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya of India met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Dr Alaka Sharma, dean of the university’s School of Business, led the delegation.
Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
Stressing the importance of enhancing people-to-people contact, Sheikh Hasina said the Dhaka-Shilong-Gouhati bus services will help promote such contacts and thereby enhance trade and business activities between the two neighbouring countries.
Mentioning the launching of border haats, she said economic activities between Bangladesh and India have already enhanced significantly.
Talking about ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), the prime minister said all members of the Indian parliament were seen for the first time to get united on a particular bill -- the LBA.
During the meeting, Hasina recalled with deep gratitude the help and assistance rendered by the people and the government of India during the Liberation War in 1971.
At the meeting, Dr Alaka Sharma appreciated the steps taken to strengthen connectivity in the region.
Underscoring the need for exchange of students and teachers, Dr Sharma said there is an ample scope for the two countries to work together on ICT and healthcare.
The delegation also highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visionary and dynamic leadership saying that the country has achieved a stunning success in various sectors under her leadership.
Prime Minister’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi and PMO Secretary Suraiya Begum were present at the meeting.