FS Shringla in Dhaka : India, Bangladesh to focus on eco-friendly transportation, green tech

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Dhaka, Dec 7 : India and Bangladesh will be focusing on eco-friendly transportation and green technologies in the coming days, Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said here today, following talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart, Masud Bin Momen.

“We discussed a whole range of issues. There were no major differences. There are only areas that we can take forward. We will be focusing on promoting eco-friendly ways of communication, including rail and river, renewable energy, environmental opportunities and digital cooperation — issues that engage the youths,” he told journalists after the meeting at the Foreign Service Academy in Dhaka, the Daily Star reported.

The connectivity projects are going very well. Now there are five of the six rail connections restored and the sixth one, Akhaura-Agartala railway, will be completed next year. Also, Chilahati-Haldibari route will be officiated soon, he said.

“We want to promote eco-friendly ways, railway is one of that,” he said.

Shringla, who arrived in the morning on a two-day visit, later called on Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen.

He is to call on Road Transport and Bridges Minster Obaidul Quader, and join a reception at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka today.

On Wednesday, he will call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The visit comes ahead of Indian President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Bangladesh on December 15-17 when he will join the 50th Victory Day celebrations of Bangladesh.

“We have discussed wide range of issues of our common interests. Our relationship is doing very well. It is a time when two countries can celebrate Bangladesh’s victory day celebrations,” Shringla said.

Stating that both the people of India and Bangladesh sacrificed their lives, their blood for the independence of Bangladesh, he said, “This is very rare. We are proud to be part of your celebration and independence.”

Masud Bin Momen said they had a very fruitful discussion on the pending issues including connectivity, green energy, green technology, e-commerce and on ways how both countries can go forward.

“We also discussed on how we can make our border peaceful, boost trade and Covid-19 cooperation. Now the Omicron variety is spreading and more may come. Bangladesh cannot be safe if India is not safe and also India cannot be safe if Bangladesh is not safe,” he added.


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