Dhaka – Bangladesh on Wednesday requested Britain to lift the ban on direct cargo transportation on Dhaka-London route, officials said.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the call when British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Bangladesh Rushanara Ali called on her at Ganabhaban.
The British envoy assured Bangladeshi premier that she would discuss the matter with her government back home, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told reporters after a meeting between Rushanara and Hasina.
Britain imposed the ban on direct cargo transport from Dhaka to London until further notice on March 8, 2016 taking the security issue on the consideration.
The press secretary said the prime minister and the UK House of Commons member also discussed matters relating to boosting of economic cooperation between the two countries.
Hasina expressed satisfaction over the signing of a memorandum understanding (MoU) between a British firm and Bangladesh Railway for construction of a railway track in Bangladesh to connect a new port in the southern Patuakhali district.
Bangladesh Railway and British company DP Rail Ltd signed the deal to set up a 240-kilometre rail line between Dhaka and Payra seaport in Patuakhali.
The railway lines would cost an estimated amount of Tk 60,000 crore, which would be provided by the British company but the actual cost of the mega project would be determined after a feasibility study.
Hasina lauded that three Bangladesh-origin girls are now in the British House of Commons.
Tulip Rizwana Siddiq, a granddaughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a niece of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Rushnara Ali, who hails from Biswanath in Sylhet, and Dr Rupa Huq, who hails from Pabna, were elected MPs from Labour Party in the May 7, 2015 UK general elections, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.