KATHMANDU:- Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina exchanged views on various matters of common interests, including cooperation in power generation, grid connectivity, and power supply from Nepal to Bangladesh.
Matters relating to the promotion of barrier-free and balanced trade between the two countries, improved transit facility for Nepal through Bangladesh, enhanced connectivity, promotion of tourism, among others were also discussed in the conversation held over the phone on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prime Minister Oli also thanked his Bangladeshi counterpart for providing a new railway route through Rohanpur (Bangladesh) to Singabad (India) railway line. The two Prime Ministers exchanged experience on the efforts made by their respective governments to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and agreed to strengthen cooperation to tackle this menace.
Prime Minister Oli appreciated the steps taken by Bangladesh to contain the pandemic and thanked the Government of Bangladesh for extending support to the Nepali citizens during this difficult period, reads a statement issued by the Ministry here today. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh commended the efforts of the Government of Nepal to effectively contain the spread of the virus in Nepal. Prime Minister Oli expressed thanks to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the supply of 5,000 vials of Remdesivir injection and other essential medicines and medical logistics to Nepal.
During the conversation, Prime Minister Oli congratulated Prime Minister Hasina on Bangladesh’s success in becoming a food-surplus country. While sharing Nepal’s efforts for scaling up agricultural production, both for domestic consumption and export, he stated that Nepal can benefit from Bangladesh’s success story in the field of agriculture. He also sought Bangladesh’s support of 50,000 tons of urea fertilizer to Nepal on a refundable basis. Prime Minister Hasina positively took the request of Prime Minister Oli for the supply of fertilizer to Nepal for this crop season.
Recalling the fourth BIMSTEC summit held in Nepal, both the Prime Ministers shared views on enhancing regional cooperation for economic development and prosperity. Prime Minister Oli recalled the successful visit of the President of Bangladesh to Nepal last year. The two Prime Ministers underlined the importance of exchanging high-level visits to further promote and strengthen mutually beneficial bilateral relations, adds the statement.
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