Bhutan and Bangladesh have renewed a bilateral trade agreement to step up relations and discussed possibility of a road link between the two countries through neighbouring India.Bhutan may sell power to Bangladesh in return for more imports, including fruits and vegetables, as the South Asian nations discussed trade and tourism as well as cooperation in setting up industries.
During the ongoing visit to Bhutan by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Thimphu endorsed her proposal for road connectivity through India, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) reported Sunday.
“Success in all these areas and the trade agreement is an initiative that will surely result in the harmonious growth of our countries. This will significantly increase the economic activities in Bangladesh and Bhutan,” said Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after the renewed bilateral trade agreement was inked.
The deal was yesterday signed by Bhutan Economic Affairs Minister Khandu Wangchuk and Bangladeshi Commerce Minister Mohammed Faruk Khan in presence of Hasina and her Bhutanese counterpart Jigmi Y Thinley, state-run daily Kuensel reported.
Hasina, on a four-day visit to Bhutan since Friday, and Thinley also discussed the possibility of a road between the two countries via India.
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Bangladesh is now Directly connected with Nepal and Bhutan. India has agreed to provide Bangladesh “connectivity” with Nepal and Bhutan through Indian territories, says a Bangladesh-India joint statement on foreign minister Dipu Moni’s recent visit to that country.
New Delhi gave the consent after Dipu Moni held series of talks with top Indian leaders including prime minister Manmohan Singh.
From now Bangladesh is directly connected with Nepal and Bhutan by road. India has agreed to provide their road for Bangladesh . So now we can go to Nepal and Bhutan by road and hope our relation between these countries will more better soon.
In turn, Dhaka agreed to give India access to Ashuganj port to facilitate movements of Indian consignments through Bangladesh, said the statement issued by the Indian high commission in Dhaka on Thursday after the two-day talks on Sept 8 and 9.