PM stresses reopening of Akhaura-Agartala rail route to boost bilateral trade
Stressing the need for enhancing connectivity between Bangladesh and India to boost bilateral trade and commerce, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the rail communication on Akhaura-Agartala route should be reopened.
The prime minister said this while Indian High Commissioner Vikram Kumar Doraiswami called on her at her official Gono Bhaban residence.
"We have to enhance the connectivity. Everything (required establishment) of Akhaura-Agartala rail route remains there. It just needs to reopen," she said.
Trade and communication will be fostered as connectivity increases between the neighbouring countries, she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the relations between Bangladesh and India has reached a new height.
She said significant progress has taken place in trade, business and tourism sectors between the countries.
Doraiswami informed the premier that Indian president will visit Bangladesh to join the Victory Day celebration marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence.
Doraiswami also said, "This is a special year and it has a great significance that Indian president and prime minister is visiting Bangladesh in the same year."
The envoy said they will showcase the relations of Bangladesh and India to demonstrate a good framework of their connection.
He said officials of the countries are currently working to finalise the tour of Indian president.
About Covid-19, the prime minister said that both countries have to remain cautious to tackle the deadly virus.
The Indian high commissioner thanked the Bangladesh premier for helping his country by providing medical equipment during the tough time in fighting Covid-19.
He handed over a very rare photograph of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman taken in 1972.
He also handed over a pen drive comprising some audios and videos alongside some newspaper clippings.
The premier recalled dark days under the Pakistani occupation forces in December 1971.
But when India recognised Bangladesh as a sovereign independent country it was a great message for them, she said.
Ambassador at Large Md Ziauddin, PM's Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus and Indian Deputy High Commissioner to Bangladesh Binoy George were present.