Dhaka – Dhaka and Kathmandu have agreed to boost trade cooperation as Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held talks with her Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli on the sideline of a regional conference.
The two leaders emphasised on increasing trade and investment, and enhanced cooperation on power sector development between the two countries, said Ihsanul Karim, the Press Secretary to Bangladeshi Prime Minister, after the meeting in Kathmandu on Thursday.
Hasina is visiting Nepal now to join the 4th meeting of the top leaders of the BIMSTEC nations. She met her Nepalese counterpart on the sideline of the summit at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza in Kathmandu.
The two prime ministers also discussed about the issue of electricity import to Bangladesh from Nepal. They discussed the possibility of a Memorandum of Understanding to this end.
“Our main aim is to eradicate poverty from the region…we want development not for our own country alone, we want the neighbours to develop as well,” Hasina was quoted to have said by state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
She offered Nepal to use Bangladeshi seaports and an airport in northern Bangladesh. Dhaka could also share its experience in disaster management with Kathmandu, she said.
The Nepalese premier emphasised in exploring opportunities to boost cooperation in different sectors.
Hasina stressed the need for further strengthening the regional connectivity for the benefit of the South Asian nations.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH mahmood Ali, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque and Bangladesh Ambassador in Kathmandu Mashfee Binte Shams aided the premier during the talks.
Nepalese Foreign Minister Prodip Kumar Gyawali and Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi were present from the Nepalese side.