Government Policy

Predictability of commodity supply: Delhi to consider Dhaka’s requests “favourably”

Bangladesh has requested India for “predictable supply” of food commodities such as rice, wheat, sugar, onion, ginger and garlic.

The Indian side conveyed that Bangladesh’s requests will be “favourably considered” based on prevalent supply conditions in India, and all efforts will be made in this regard.

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The issue came up for discussion at the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

The two leaders appreciated the growth in bilateral trade, with India emerging as the largest export destination for Bangladesh in Asia, according to the 33-point joint statement issued on Wednesday.

They also expressed satisfaction at the intensification of bilateral defence ties and also agreed for early finalization of projects under the Line of Credit for defence, which would be beneficial for both the countries.

India welcomed the finalization of initial procurement plans for vehicles for the Bangladesh Armed Forces in this regard and looked forward to enhancing bilateral defence ties.

The Indian side reiterated its request for implementing the 2019 MoU for providing a coastal radar system for greater maritime security, at an early date.

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PM Hasina is on a four-day state visit to India, from September, at the invitation of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s programme also includes launching of “Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Student Scholarship” for 200 descendants of Indian Armed Forces personnel martyred and critically injured during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

She also addressed a business event, jointly organized by Indian and Bangladesh business communities today.

Both Prime Ministers held a restricted meeting and te^te-a`-te^te followed by delegation level talks on Tuesday.

Source: United News of Bangladesh