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Momen: Bangladesh wants enhanced connectivity with Bhutan


Bangladesh wants enhanced air connectivity with Bhutan for both countries to reap economic benefits, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has said.

Dr Momen met visiting Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering at his hotel's presidential suite on Tuesday and discussed the issues.

The foreign minister said the entire region had a huge potential for development, and the development would be possible if the best use of that was ensured.

"That can be done through connectivity and partnership," he added.

Asked whether any agreement will be signed, Dr Momen said the Bhutanese prime minister came to join his friends and the people of Bangladesh in the celebrations of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary and Bangladesh’s golden jubilee of independence.

The Bhutanese prime minister considers Bangladesh as his second home where he embraced his dream of becoming a doctor and learned the traits of saving lives.

 This time, according to Bhutan's Prime Minister's Office, he is an emissary carrying special prayers of The King and love of the people of Bhutan.

On Wednesday, Dr Lotay Tshering is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

The Bhutanese prime minister will pay a courtesy call on Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban as well.

Later, in the afternoon, he will join the celebrations at the National Parade Square as the guest of honour. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will receive him there.

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of Bhutan’s recognition of Bangladesh as an independent nation, as well as the friendship between the two countries.

On December 6, 1971, Bhutan and India became the first countries to recognize the independence of Bangladesh.