Monday, 5 December, 2022

Predictable Supply of Commodities

Delhi to consider Dhaka’s requests ‘favourably’

Bangladesh has requested the Indian side for “predictable supply” of the essential food commodities from India such as rice, wheat, sugar, onion, ginger and garlic, reports UNB.

The Indian side conveyed that Bangladesh’s requests will be “favourably considered” based on prevalent supply conditions in India, and all efforts will be made in this regard.

The issue came up for discussion at the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

The two leaders appreciated the growth in bilateral trade, with India emerging as the largest export destination for Bangladesh in Asia, according to the 33-point joint statement issued on Wednesday.

They also expressed satisfaction at the intensification of bilateral defence ties and also agreed for early finalization of projects under the Line of Credit for defence, which would be beneficial for both the countries.

India welcomed the finalization of initial procurement plans for vehicles for the Bangladesh Armed Forces in this regard and looked forward to enhancing bilateral defence ties.

The Indian side reiterated its request for implementing the 2019 MoU for providing a coastal radar system for greater maritime security, at an early date.

PM Hasina is paying a four-day state visit to India from September 5-8 at the invitation of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.

During the visit, she called on President of India Droupadi Murmu and Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Minister of Development of North Eastern Region G. Kishan Reddy called on her.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s programme also includes launching of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Student Scholarship” for 200 descendants of Indian Armed Forces personnel martyred and critically injured during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

She also addressed a business event, jointly organized by Indian and Bangladesh business communities on Wednesday.

Both Prime Ministers held a restricted meeting and tête-à-tête followed by delegation level talks on Tuesday.

The two Leaders expressed satisfaction at the excellent state of bilateral relations, based on deep historical and fraternal ties and shared values of democracy and pluralism, which is reflected in an all-encompassing bilateral partnership, based on sovereignty, equality, trust and understanding that transcends even a strategic partnership.

They recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit in March 2021 to join the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh, the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh, which was followed by the state visit of the President of India in December 2021, to attend the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the Victory Day of Bangladesh, as the guest of honour.