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India keen to enhance cooperation in energy sector: Jaishankar

PM receives Modi’s invitation letter

India keen to enhance cooperation in energy sector: Jaishankar

Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar meets Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban. Photo: PID

Dhaka, Aug 20 : Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday expressed their interest in enhancing cooperation in energy sector, especially in hydroelectricity projects, to meet the growing demand of energy in the two neighbouring countries.

“Hydroelectric projects can be implemented effectively as the cost of such projects are lower,” Jaishankar said when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official residence Ganobhaban.

The Indian External Affairs Minister handed over a letter of invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her bilateral visit to India in the first week of October.

Sheikh Hasina extended her thanks to Modi for the invitation and greeted him.

PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said the Indian minister mentioned that the Indo-Bangla relations have taken a new heightduring the last five years.

“Understanding and collaboration in different sectors have increased.”

The Indian minister put emphasis on simplification of visitsby the people of the two countries and increasing the regular contacts between the two friendly counties.

Sheikh Hasina said the avenues in the field of connectivity between the two countries are widening. “Many routes in rail, road and air connectivity between Bangladesh and India have been opened,” she said.

Hasina said Bangladesh and India have wonderful relations and excellent cooperation in different sectors as the two countries have solved many problems bilaterally.

Mentioning the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), she said, “It (LBA) was done creating an example in the world … India’s all parties in parliament unanimously supported the LBA Bill.”

The prime minister said India can use Bangladesh’s Chattogram, Mongla and Payra ports.

Calling India a true friend of Bangladesh, she said New Delhi is continuing support to Bangladesh since independence.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Muazzem Ali, Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das and PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan were present at the meeting.

The Indian external affairs minister arrived here last night on a three-day official visit at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart Dr AK Abdul Momen.

It is Jaishankar’s first Bangladesh visit after taking oath of office in Narendra Modi’s cabinet on May 30.