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02:59 PM, February 27, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:03 PM, February 27, 2021

Assam, Meghalaya want regular exchanges of views with Bangladesh trade representatives

The north-eastern Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya want regular exchange of views between their trade representatives and those of Bangladesh to promote trade and settle any complexities that arise.

The comments were made when Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Mohammad Imran met the top leaders and officials of the states during his visit to Assam and Meghalaya over the last three days.

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During the envoy's courtesy call on Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonwal at his residence this morning, Mohammad Imran emphasised on enhancing cooperation on various issues of mutual interest.

Informing about the economic condition of Bangladesh, he said, "Bangladesh has now come a long way in terms of development and is in a very strong position economically."

During the talks, they also emphasised on introducing people of Assam to the current development picture of Bangladesh and establishing close communication between the people of the two regions through mutual cultural exchange and youth exchange programmes.

Chief Minister Sonwal emphasised on regular meetings and contacts between the trade representatives of the two countries and those directly involved in import and export to enhance bilateral trade and resolve trade complexities.

On Thursday, Imran visited Tamabil customs port immigration centre when he held meetings with local public representatives, business representatives, Tamabil limestone, stone and coal importers' groups and local administration officials.

He also visited the massacre site along the Bangladesh-India border and paid homage to the heroic martyrs of the great Liberation War.

"Our friendly relations with neighbouring India have deepened," the high commissioner mentioned.

He said Bangladesh and India are working with the north-eastern states of India, including Assam and Meghalaya, for the development and growth of Bangladesh's trade and tourism industry.

He assured the business representatives of full cooperation in resolving various issues arising out of trade with India.

On Thursday, High Commissioner Imran also visited the Dauki Customs Port Immigration Centre in Meghalaya and attended an exchange of views with local business representatives. He visited the new customs port area proposed by India in the border area of Gowainghat upazila of Sylhet.

In the evening, the High Commissioner met Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad Sangma.

Earlier, High Commissioner Imran had a courtesy call on Assam Governor Jagadish Mukhi, Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik and Deputy Chief Minister Preston Tinsong.

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