Telephone conversation between the Prime Ministers of Nepal and Bangladesh (full text)

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Mr. K P Sharma Oli held a telephone conversation with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina this afternoon.

During the conversation, Prime Minister Oli extended hearty congratulations to Prime Minister Hasina, the Government and the people of Bangladesh on the occasion of the Birth Centenary of Bangbandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The two Prime Ministers exchanged views on various matters of common interests, including cooperation in power generation, grid connectivity and power supply from Nepal to Bangladesh, promotion of barrier-free and balanced trade between the two countries, improved transit facility for Nepal through Bangladesh, enhanced connectivity, promotion of tourism, among others. Prime Minister Oli thanked his Bangladeshi counterpart for providing a new railway route through Rohanpur (Bangladesh) to Singabad (India) railway line.

The two Prime Ministers also exchanged experience on the efforts made by their respective governments to fight against COVID-19 pandemic and agreed to strengthen cooperation to tackle this menace. Prime Minister Oli appreciated the steps taken by Bangladesh to contain the pandemic and thanked the Government of Bangladesh for extending support to the Nepali citizens during this difficult period. The Prime Minister of Bangladesh commended the efforts of the Government of Nepal to effectively contain the spread of the virus in Nepal.

The Prime Minister of Nepal expressed thanks to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the supply of 5,000 vials of Remdesivir injection and other essential medicines and medical logistics to Nepal.

Prime Minister Oli congratulated Prime Minister Hasina on Bangladesh’s success in becoming a food-surplus country. While sharing Nepal’s efforts for scaling up agricultural production, both for domestic consumption and export, he stated that Nepal can benefit from Bangladesh’s success story in the field of agriculture.He also sought Bangladesh’s support of 50,000 tons of urea fertilizer to Nepal on refundable basis. Prime Minister Hasina positively took the request of Prime Minister Oli for supply of fertilizer to Nepal for this crop season.

Recalling the fourth BIMSTEC summit held in Nepal, both the Prime Ministers shared views on enhancing regional cooperation for economic development and prosperity.

The Prime Minister of Nepal recalled the successful visit of the President of Bangladesh to Nepal last year. The two Prime Ministers underlined the importance of exchanging high-level visits to further promote and strengthen mutually beneficial bilateral relations.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Singh Durbar,
1 September 2020

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