Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh wants collaborative engagements with India and other neighbours for regional peace and prosperity.
She came up with the comment while attending the inauguration program of Khulna-Kolkata “Bandhan Express” train service with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi through a video conference.
“We want to cooperate with India and other countries in the immediate neighbourhood for creating an area of peace in South Asia,” she said.
The PM said Bangladesh values such engagements so “we can live as good neighbours and pursue constructive policies for the benefit of our people”.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also joined the inauguration through videoconferencing from West Bengal while the two PMs took part in the function from their offices in Dhaka and New Delhi.
The videoconferencing also marked the launching of the “end-to-end” immigration and customs facilities of Dhaka-Kolkata “Maitree Express” train service and opening of the second Bhairab Railway Bridge and the second Titas Railway Bridge.
Modi accompanied by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the Delhi end while foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, PM’s Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam, Economic Affairs Adviser Dr Moshiur Rahman, state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam and Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir MP were present at the premier’s official Ganobhaban residence.
Railways Minister Mazibul Haque joined the videoconferencing from the second Bhairab Bridge site while the PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Indian High Commissioner Hrash Vardhan Shringla, National Revenue Board Chairman Mohammad Nazibur Rahman and PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim accompanied the premier at Ganabhaban.
Sheikh Hasina said there is an excellent relation between Bangladesh and India which is very much essential for development of both the countries.
She said Bangladesh-India relations are in fact setting new high standards of bilateral cooperation in the region and beyond.
Referring to the inauguration of this rail service, Sheikh Hasina said this bond won’t remain in only rail, it will also create bonds between the people of the two countries.
The prime minister said the two countries are having wonderful cooperation in railways sector and it has been strengthened further since 2009.
Sheikh Hasina said she is happy that two railway bridges at Bhairab and Titas are also being inaugurated which will contribute to make connectivity faster between Dhaka and Chittagong.
Wishing success of the Maitree Express and Bandhan Express services, the premier said she is also confident that these services would give a boost to cultural exchanges and tourism between the two neighboring countries.
At the outset of her speech, the Bangladesh prime minister extended Diwali and Bijoya greetings to the Indian premier Narendra Modi, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the people of India.
The premier also invited them to visit Bangladesh.
Sheikh Hasina said the second Bhairab Bridge will be named after late president Zillur Rahman and mentioned that initiatives have been taken to set up a private university in Bhairab.