Bangladesh offers Nepal use of seaports for mutual benefits

FE Team | Published: August 05, 2022 17:45:10 | Updated: August 06, 2022 08:59:40

Bangladesh offers Nepal use of seaports for mutual benefits

Bangladesh has again proposed Nepal to use Mongla and Chattogram seaports alongside Syedpur airport for mutual benefits. 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the offer while a visiting parliamentary delegation from Nepal paid a courtesy call on the prime minister at her official Ganabhaban residence on Friday. 

"Nepal can take advantage of using our Mongla and Chittagong ports," said the prime minister. 

Chairperson, International Relations Committee, House of Representatives, Federal Parliament, Nepal, Pabitra Niruola Kharel led the Nepalese delegation, reports BSS citing a press release. 

Mentioning that Bangladesh is developing Syedpur Airport as a regional airport, the premier said, "Neighbouring countries including Nepal can use the airport." 

During the meeting, both sides expressed their eagerness to consolidate further the relations between the two countries alongside strengthening bilateral cooperation on business and trade for mutual benefits. 

Expressing her gratitude to the leadership and the people of Nepal for supporting Bangladesh during the Liberation War in 1971, Sheikh Hasina said her government attaches great importance to maintaining good relations with neighbouring countries, including Nepal.   

The prime minister expressed satisfaction that the delegation visited Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi and Bangladesh Parliament and went to Tungipara through the much-cherished iconic Padma Bridge.               

At the outset, the Nepalese delegation thanked the government of Bangladesh for arranging an excellent programme for them.   

The delegation members expressed great satisfaction that Nepal and Bangladesh have been enjoying cordial relations over the years. 

They mentioned that this year was very significant for both countries for celebrating the 50th year of establishing diplomatic relations.   

They suggested that the two countries could further consolidate their cooperation in sectors like power, hydroelectricity, tourism, education, ICT, connectivity, and people-to-people contact.   

They emphasized high-level visits on a regular basis to strengthen the friendly ties.   

The delegation appreciated the prime minister for her visionary leadership and the recent socio-economic development, which they termed as very impressive.  

The Nepalese delegation included Chandtara Kumari, MP, Dr. Deepak Prakash Bhatt, MP, Dev Prasad Timalsena, MP, Lila Devi Sitaula, MP, Narad Muni Rana, MP, and Sarala Kumari Yadav, MP. 

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