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Momen meets Assam CM

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 29 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen met the Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday at Koinadhara State Guest House, Khanapara.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Momen gratefully acknowledged that Assam and India occupy a special place in his heart, as he took shelter in Assam in 1971 during the Liberation War of Bangladesh.

He said that Bangladesh is in the process of extending 200 scholarships for the family members of war veterans from India who fought for the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971.

 Momen recalled the visit of the President and Prime Minister of India to Bangladesh in 2021 to attend the epochal events Bangladesh celebrated; the Golden Jubilee of Independence of Bangladesh and the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

On December 6, 2021, Bangladesh and India jointly celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations as         Page "Maitri Diwas" in 18 selected capitals across the globe, in addition to Dhaka and New Delhi.

 Sarma stressed that Assam is keen to engage with Bangladesh for common benefit of the two peoples through the promotion of trade, commerce, connectivity and cultural activities.

He appreciated the recent pace of economic development in Bangladesh under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He praised the success of the government of Bangladesh in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Sarma recalled the significant role of railway connectivity with Chattogram port city in trade during the British period.

The Chief Minister informed us that Assam is developing advanced medical and educational institutions and can be a destination for the people of Bangladesh for medical treatment and study purposes.

He noted that peace and stability are the key factors that helped the development process of Assam and thanked the Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh for her Government’s "zero-tolerance policy" to terrorism and insurgency. In this regard, Momen stated that the development of Bangladesh and India is complementing each other and many Indians are working in Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is the fourth largest remittance sending country to India.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister mentioned the traditional linkage between the people of Assam and Sylhet.

He noted Bangladesh and India are enjoying the best of their relations under the able leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

He underscored that Assam could take advantage of Bangladesh’s dynamic socio-economic growth, both as a market for their products and also as a source of quality products at a competitive price.

 He emphasised enhancing trade and commerce between the two countries and promoting tourism.

Further, he suggested that river transportation could be an effective means for amplifying the bilateral trade.

Foreign Minister of Bangladesh and Chief Minister of Assam expressed satisfaction over the existing relationship and hoped it would be stronger in the next 50 years.

The meeting was held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere wherein the two leaders committed to work closely for the benefit of the peoples of both the countries.

During the meeting, cretaries to the State Government.

Momen also attended a dinner hosted by the CM of Assam, External Affairs Minister  S Jaishankar where a number of Ministers from the Centre and States  along with Ambassadors from ASEAN countries, were present.

Momen arrived in Guwahati on Friday to attend the 3rd edition of Natural Allies in Development and Interdependence (NADI) to be held from May 28-29, 2022.

He is expected to deliver a special address at the inaugural session of the NADI on Saturday, May 28th.

During his visit to Guwahati, he is also expected to call on the Governor of Assam and hold an interaction session with members of the business community.