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19 February, 2020 01:02:54 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 19 February, 2020 12:20:08 PM
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Govt to allow Nepal to use Saidpur airport

Diplomatic Correspondent, Dhaka
Govt to allow Nepal to use Saidpur airport

The government has agreed to Nepal's proposal to use the Saidpur airport to enhance connectivity between the two friendly countries. It has declared the formation of a technical expert committee to examine the sort of flights that could use the airport. Both Bangladesh and Nepal have decided to form a task force that will discuss how to develop trade, connectivity, transit, transport, and all other issues between the two countries. The issues were discussed at a foreign-minister level meeting between Bangladesh

and Nepal at the state guest house, Meghna, in the capital. Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen led the Bangladesh side, while his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali led his delegation. “Nepal has placed a proposal to use the Saidpur airport. We’ve welcomed the move. A technical expert committee will look into what types of flight can use it. We are upgrading the Saidpur airport. Right now, 12–14 flights go there from Dhaka.  So, Nepalese people will be able to land at the airport and can also move to Dhaka,” Momen told journalists after the meeting.

 Regarding trade barriers, the foreign minister said: “There are certain trade barriers—Nepal, in some cases, charges around 56 per cent tariffs. We’ve told them to reduce it. We have infrastructure problems. We’ll sort these issues out.” He also said that both countries discussed the removal of the tariff and non-tariff barriers.

The minister expressed hope that the ties regarding trade and investment between the two countries would increase in the coming days.

“There is not much tourism using the land route due to the infrastructure problem. Mostly, people fly to Nepal. We’ve discussed how to enhance it. We’ve recently signed an agreement on motor vehicle movement between Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. It’ll help increase tourism,” he said.

 The minister also said Nepal assured that it would stand by Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue.  Terming the meeting as ‘productive’, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said Nepal and Bangladesh had  been close friends through thick and thin. There are many similarities and commonalities, including a common resolution for the betterment of their people, that connect the two friendly countries, he added.

 “We’ve discussed how to enhance mutual trade for the benefit of the two countries. Though the trade is at a modest level now, there are scopes to enhance it. We have decided to form a task force to discuss how to develop trade, connectivity, transit, and transport, among others,” he said.


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