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‘Bhutan is very close to us’: Bangladesh Ambassador

The Ambassador of Bangladesh to Bhutan Jishnu Roy Choudhury spoke with Sonam Yangdon on the state visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Bhutan.

What is the main purpose of PM Sheikh Hasina’s  visit?

Ambassador: The Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is visiting Bhutan to attend International conference on Autism and also to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Will PM Sheikh Hasina take up the issue of the Dorjilung Mega Project between the three countries?

Ambassador: We are three friendly neighboring countries, striving for better socio-economic development of our common people where energy is one of the important ingredients for development.  Hydropower is clean and relatively cheap source of energy and Bhutan has potential in hydropower generation, therefore, the matter related to hydropower by three countries could be discussed in general.

How is the visit expected to enhance relations between the two countries?

Ambassador: Bhutan is very close to us as Bhutan is the first country to acknowledge Bangladesh as an independent state . We are enjoying excellent bilateral relations and this visit would most certainly strengthen our bilateral relations by many folds.

Will there be any talks involving economic or trade during the visit?

Ambassador: A lot of issues would be discussed during the bilateral discussions and economics and trade would likely be one among them.

Who are the delegations members accompanying her and what other discussions are expected to take place?

Ambassador: Her Daughter Miss Saima Hossain Wajed, Ministers and government officials are part of her delegation. Miss Saima is the key organizer of the international conference on autism. Bilateral, regional, sub regional and international issues would be the topic of discussions too.

What are the other areas of cooperation between the two countries?

Ambassador: Sectors related to Tourism, Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, IT among many others.

Which are the places the PM is likely to visit?

Ambassador: She is coming for a short period and has a very tight schedule. So it is very unlikely that she’ll have time to visit other places than the capital.

 

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