Dr. Momen for meaningful regional cooperation to maintain efficient riverine connectivity
Dhaka, 29 May 2022 :
Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen emphasized that sustainable, collaborative and meaningful cooperation are the keys to healthy rivers and efficient riverine cooperation. Dr. Momen made this statement while delivering special address at the inaugural session of the two-day long NADI-3 ((Natural Allies in Development and Interdependence) Conference that began yesterday in Guwahati, Assam. External Affairs Minister of India Dr. S Jaishankar and Chief Minister of Assam Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma also spoke at the inaugural session.
In his statement Dr. Momen stressed that rivers are the lifeline of Bangladesh and have influenced the traditions, culture, music, lifestyle and livelihood of the people of Bangladesh. He emphasized that just sharing of waters of transboundary rivers and basin wide river management is essential for sustainability of rivers. He stressed on the need to maintain healthy rivers to facilitate waterways connectivity.
Dr. Momen underscored that the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWT&T) which is one of the earliest instruments concluded between Bangladesh and India in 1972 is significantly contributing to bilateral trade between the two countries. Dr. Momen also mentioned that the agreement on the use of Chattogram and Mongla ports for the movements of goods to and from India is another milestone of friendly relations between the two countries.
Dr. Momen also stated that by taking the advantage of its unique geographical location in the region, Bangladesh is offering itself as a gateway to landlocked Nepal, Bhutan and the north-eastern states of India and thus is promoting regional connectivity and integration as the key to collective and inclusive development.
During the Conference, the dignitaries including the Chief Minister of Assam and the envoy of Singapore to India commended the action taken by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Government for exerting ‘zero tolerance’ towards terrorism and insurgency which ultimately paved the way in establishing peace and stability of the entire South Asian region.
Later, the Minister met the Governor of Assam Prof. Jagdish Mukhi at Raj Bhaban when they discussed the issues of mutual interest. Both the dignitaries agreed that the relationship between Bangladesh and Assam is deeply rooted in the history and expressed satisfaction on the existing friendly ties.
Dr. Momen also met the members of the business community in Assam in presence of the Minister of Commerce and Industries of Assam. CEOs of Business bodies and the President of Chambers of Commerce participated in the interactions.
The Foreign Minister is expected to depart Guwahati for Bangladesh today after finishing his two-days visit to Assam, India.
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