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Nepal Hydropower benefits Bangladesh

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said Bangladesh and India can be benefited by generating hydropower in Nepal and Bhutan as it will be clean energy.

The prime minister said this while Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla paid a courtesy call on her at her official residence Gono Bhaban this morning.

Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the call.

Shringla said some “small issues” across the border between Bangladesh and India can be settled through holding meetings between Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Border Security Force (BSF).

“Bangladesh and India have settled down all major issues while some small issues along the border between the two countries can be solved through holding meetings between BGB and BSF,” he said, adding, “We want that this issue will be resolved.”

The Prime Minister also agreed on it, said the Press Secretary.

The Indian Foreign Secretary said normalcy is returning to India after recovering from the setback of Covid-19 pandemic.

He said that all are cautious about Omicron variant of the Covid-19 as some 21 cases have been detected so far in India.

He conveyed greetings of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Bangladesh Prime Minister and she also greeted her Indian counterpart through the Indian Foreign Secretary.

Shringla appreciated the economic progress of Bangladesh during the Covid-19 pandemic and said that there is good growth in India also.

He thanked her for inviting Indian President Ram Nath Kovind in the 50th Victory Day celebration programme and termed it as a “special bond of friendship”.

The Foreign Secretary also said India will observe the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation, golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and 50th anniversary of establishment of Bangladesh-India diplomatic relation across the globe in their missions and will project Bangabandhu among the local people of the respective countries.

Shringla expected to hold a joint photo exhibition on Bangabandhu by India and Bangladesh at the United Nations after the Covid-19 situation improves.

He also talked about the cooperation in the IT sector and wanted to share new technologies in the sector.

He said that India wanted to invest in renewable energy in Bangladesh.

The Foreign Secretary also put emphasis on re-establishing Shiliguri-Parbotipur, Dhaka-Shiliguri and Dhaka-Jolpaiguri railway communication.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh is also moving towards normalcy gradually — covering up the setback from Covid-19 pandemic.

She mentioned that in Bangladesh 99 percent people are now under electricity coverage. “The government is providing solar energy where there is no grid line,” she said.

The meeting was attended by Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami, Policy Adviser in the Ministry of External Affairs Ashok Malik from the Indian side and Principal Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus from the Bangladesh side.

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