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Better connectivity with Bhutan: FM

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Foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Friday said Bangladesh is giving emphasis on establishing better connectivity with Bhutan during the ongoing visit of Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering in Bangladesh.

Foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Friday said Bangladesh is giving emphasis on establishing better connectivity with Bhutan during the ongoing visit of Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering in Bangladesh.

"Our prime minister says-connectivity is productivity-so we propose Bhutan to use our sea ports and to establish road and railways connectivity with us," he said while briefing the newsmen after calling on Bhutanese premier at Hotel Intercontinental in the city. 

Mentioning that Bhutan is not allowing heavy vehicles inside its territory in fear of environment degradation, Momen said he proposed Bhutan to open the road connectivity in a regulated way.

"We also suggested them to increase their international connectivity by using our sea ports as Bhutan is a land locked country" he added.

The foreign minister said he also proposed Bhutan to use Syedpur airport as Bangladesh government has a plan to establish a regional aviation hub centering that airport.

"Bhutan is only around a few hundred miles from Sydpur, so I proposed him to think of operating an airline from Sydpur airport in greater international connectivity," he said.

Momen urged Bhutan to take initiative for intensifying the BBIN initiative in more effective way to get trade benefit from the region.

"We also showed our keen interest to take hydro electricity from Bhutan as currently we are taking power from India," he said.

The foreign minister said the Bhutanese premier showed positive interest to establish road connectivity with Bangladesh soon.

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