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FS calls for swift tripartite accord to import power from Nepal

Published : Thursday, 18 April, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 170

Foreign Secretary Masud emphasized the expeditious conclusion of a tripartite power agreement among Bangladesh, India, and Nepal soon, which will help Bangladesh import power from Nepal.

Foreign Secretary put the emphasis during the Third Round of Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) between Bangladesh and Nepal held in Kathmandu on Wednesday (17 April 2024), according to the Foreign Ministry release.

During the Consultations, Bangladesh delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, while Nepali delegation was led by Sewa Lamsal, Foreign Secretary of Nepal. Ambassadors of both countries and other senior officials attended the meeting.

During the meeting Bangladesh Foreign Secretary thanked Government of Nepal for allocating land for the construction of Monastery in Lumbini. He added that it would be a milestone between our relations and enhance people-to-people contacts between Bangladesh and Nepal in the days ahead.

Both the secretaries discussed the whole gamut of bilateral relations and reviewed it. However, they expressed satisfaction on the excellent bilateral relations that exist between Bangladesh and Nepal.

They discussed all the major issues of mutual interests and agreed to promote cooperation encompassing all sectors, especially trade and commerce, transit and connectivity, power and energy sector, tourism, culture and education. Both Foreign Secretaries emphasized the operationalization of the BBIN MVA framework to contribute to the individual countrys economy not only by expanding trade and connectivity, but also by creating more opportunity to promote people-to-people contacts.

Foreign Secretary Sewa Lamsal stressed the exploration of the untapped potential in economic, cultural and educational areas and proposed to establish meaningful collaborative partnership including in the private sector.

She mentioned that Nepal would like to pursue more trade and investment cooperation with Bangladesh. She urged Bangladeshi side to explore investment opportunities in Nepal including in hydropower sector. She also requested the Government of Bangladesh to eliminate the existing Other Duties and Charges (ODCs) levied on Nepali products being exported to Bangladesh. Nepali Foreign Secretary emphasized the exchange of visits at different levels.

Both Foreign Secretaries discussed regional issues of mutual interest. They also underscored the necessity of revitalizing SAARC and strengthening BIMSTEC for promoting regional cooperation. Both Foreign Secretaries also agreed to cooperate with each other at various multilateral forums, especially at the UN to pursue common interests especially in the areas of LDC graduation, poverty alleviation, climate change and safety and security of migrant workers.

An MoU between Foreign Service Academy of Bangladesh and Foreign Service Institute of Nepal was also signed by the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries.

Later, the Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Kaji Shrestha at the latters office in Singha Durbar. During the meeting, discussions were held on issues of mutual interest between Nepal and Bangladesh.

The next FOC will take place in Bangladesh at a mutually convenient time.

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