PM reiterates Dhaka’s interest to import hydro electricity from Bhutan: FM Hasan

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Published: June 10, 2024, 09:27 AM

PM reiterates Dhaka’s interest to import hydro electricity from Bhutan: FM Hasan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday reiterated her country‍‍`s eagerness to import hydro electricity from Bhutan through India.

She expressed her interest when Bhutanese Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay paid a courtesy call on her at the latter‍‍`s Place of Residence here.

"It‍‍`s requires a tripartite agreement and we have already discussed the matter with India," she told the Bhutanese Prime Minister.

Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud briefed reporters after the call on.

"Bhutan is eagerly waiting to export hydroelectricity to Bangladesh," he said.

PM Hasina is currently in New Delhi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Bangladesh premier told her Bhutanese counterpart that a tripartite agreement is necessary to bring electricity from Bhutan through Indian territory and the matter has already been brought to the attention of India.

During the courtesy call, the entire gamut of bilateral relations between the two countries came up for discussions, Hasan said.

"Both the countries have reiterated their commitment of enhancing the existing multifaceted relations," he said.

The Bhutanese prime minister thanked Bangladesh premier for building a burn unit in his country and supplied essential drugs for one year.

He also highly praised the development of Bangladesh under the dynamic leadership of Sheikh Hasina.

Hasina said Bhutan has occupied a special place in the heart of Bangladesh as it was the first to recognise Bangladesh as an independence nation after 1971 Lberation War.

"We‍‍`re ready to extend all kinds of assistance to Bhutan," she said.

She emphasised on prosper use of the place given to India at the Special Economic Zone in Kurigram and hoped Bhutan will make industries there.

The PM sought Bhutanese investment in Bangladesh, said the foreign minister.

The Bhutanese prime minister highly praised Saima Wazed, the only daughter of Bangladesh premier and a Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia Region and mentioned her recent visit to Bhutan.

In a separate briefing on the same meeting PM‍‍`s Press Secretary Nayeemul Islam Khan quoted the Butanese prime minister as saying he always remembers and thinks about Bangladesh.

"Bangladesh High Commission falls on my way to the gym from my house in New Delhi and it always reminds me about Bangladesh" Nayeemul said quoting the Bhutanese PM.

According to the press secretary the Bhutanese leader told PM Hasina that his country‍‍`s current foreign secretary was a ambassador of Bhutan to Bangladesh.

He said his foreign secretary always thinks how they can make bilateral relations with Bangladesh more fruitful and how they can use assistance of Bangladesh in a more meaningful way for Bhutan.

The Bhutanese prime minister said they have been moved by Bangladesh‍‍`s desire to build a family relations with Bhutan, referring to the love and affection shown to the king of Bhutan and his family members during his recent visit to Dhaka.

Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud Private Industry and Investment Advisor to Prime Minister, Salman Fazlur Rahman, State Minister, Ministry of Commerce, Ahasanul Islam Titu, PM‍‍`s Principal Secretary M Mohammad Tofazzel Hossain Miah, Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary) Masud Bin Momen and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Secretary Mohammad Salahuddin and PM‍‍`s Press Secretary Nayeemul Islam Khan were present, among others from Bangladesh side.

Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Chandra Bahadur Gurung, Ministry of Home Affairs, Tshering, Ambassador of Bhutan to India, Maj. Gen V. Namgyel, Cabinet Secretary, Kesang Deki and Foreign Secretary Pema Choden, were present on the Bhutanese side.

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