Bangladesh calls UK for lifting ban on Dhaka-London direct cargo flights

DHAKA, Dec 21, 2016 (BSS)- Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali today called UK for lifting the temporary ban on direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London.

During a meeting with the visiting UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Bangladesh Rushanara Ali, MP at his office here, Mahmood Ali also expected her strong pursuance to this end.

Regarding trade issue, Mahmood Ali hoped that Bangladesh would continue to enjoy the same or better facilities for duty free-quota free (DFQF) market access to the UK market for 'Everything but Arms' product and services even after Brexit comes into force.

Different bilateral, international and regional issues focusing on connectivity also came up for discussion prominently during the meeting, according to foreign ministry sources.

The Bangladesh foreign minister congratulated Rushanara Ali on her being appointed as the British Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Bangladesh.

He expressed satisfaction over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bangladesh Railway and British company DP Rail Ltd. for setting up a 240-kilometer rail line between Dhaka and Payra seaport in Patuakhali's Kuakata yesterday.

Mentioning this as the biggest ever foreign direct investment, Mahmood Ali observed that this would be the major breakthrough in the public-private partnership area in Bangladesh.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) National News Agency of Bangladesh