He said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his letter stated that he is eagerly waiting to visit Bangladesh. “Modi in the letter has also reiterated his invitation to Sheikh Hasina for visiting India,” Shameem Chowdhuri said. In her reply, Sheikh Hasina said she is keenly waiting to welcome the Indian Prime Minister. The PM’s Press Secretary said the Indian Foreign Secretary informed Sheikh Hasina that New Delhi is going to sign two deals — trade on protocol and agreement on coastal shipping — with Dhaka for boosting trade and commerce between the two countries.
Appreciating the existing cooperation on energy sectors between Bangladesh and India, Dr Jaishankar said the two countries have greater potentials to enhance joint cooperation in this area and private sectors could be involved in it. In this connection, the Indian Foreign Secretary lauded the progress on partnership of the two countries on various power plant projects like setting up of Rampal Coal Based Power plant. “The projects are on the right track,” Dr Jaishankar Said. He said Bangladesh and India can also solve many problems bilaterally beyond the Saarc framework.
Recalling her talks with the Indian Prime Minister in New York and Kathmandu, Sheikh Hasina hoped that the agreed issues would be implemented as per the commitment. On import of power from India, the Prime Minister sought more electricity from Palatana of the Indian State of Tripura. The two sides also discussed the issue of hydroelectricity import from Bhutan saying there are huge potentials in this regard. The Prime Minister and the Indian Foreign Secretary also discussed various projects on Indian Line of Credit and expressed satisfaction at the overall progress saying things were going ahead fairly well.
Prime Minister’s Adviser on International Affairs Dr Gowher Rizvi, Principal Secretary M Abul Kalam Azad, Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Moazzem Ali and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pankaj Saran were present.