Bangladesh and Bhutan have reaffirmed to further consolidate bilateral ties and agreed to work bilaterally and sub- regionally to boost cooperation in the areas of power, water resources, and connectivity for mutual benefit, reports BSS.
A joint statement issued after the three-day state visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Bhutan said on Thursday that the two countries also agreed to continue to work together for greater peace, prosperity and development in the region and beyond.
The 26-point statement said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Bhutanese counterpart Dshao Tshering Tobgay during their bilateral meeting emphasized the advantages of sub-regional cooperation in the areas of power, water resources, and connectivity for mutual benefit.
They also welcomed the proposed Trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bangladesh, Bhutan and India for Cooperation in the field of Hydro-electric Power on the principles of agreed regional framework.
The two Prime Ministers recognized the importance of BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement for regional connectivity and expressed their desire towards an early operationalization of the agreement.
The two Prime Ministers recalled the strong historical ties of friendship and understanding that exist between Bhutan and Bangladesh, which was laid by His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck and Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The two premiers discussed many areas of cooperation including hydropower, water resources, trade and commerce, connectivity, tourism, culture, education, health, ICT, and agriculture, it added.
The statement said the two sides exchanged views on cooperation in other regional and international fora including BIMSTEC, SAARC and the UN and noted the commonality of their views and positions on all major issues.
Bangladesh side offered to export more products such as readymade garments, ceramics, pharmaceuticals, jute and allied products, leather goods, toiletries, agricultural produce to Bhutan.
Bhutanese side agreed to facilitate entry of these products into its
market. They also agreed to further promote trade and investments between the two countries.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina extended an invitation to the King and Queen to visit Bangladesh at a mutually convenient time. She also invited Prime Minister of Bhutan to visit Bangladesh.