NAY PYI TAW, March 4, 2014: Bangladesh today obtained
an assurance from India to get 100-MW power from Tripura grid to
meet its growing demand.
Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, in response to a
request from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, gave the assurance in
a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 3rd BIMSTEC Summit
After the meeting, Bangladesh PM’s Special Assistant
Mahbubul Hoque Shakil briefed reporters.
He said the two prime ministers discussed the issues of
bilateral interests including cooperation in the areas of power
sector, trade, investment and implementation of the agreed
decisions between the two countries.
Sheikh Hasina said supply of electricity is very crucial for
Bangladesh’s economy as the country aims to become a middle
income country by 2021.
In this regard, the Bangladesh Premier requested her Indian
counterpart to further strengthen Indo-Bangla relations in power
sector in the coming days and drew Manmohan’s special attention
to add 100 MW power from Tripura to Bangladesh grid line.
In response, the Indian Prime Minister assured her of taking
necessary steps to this end as soon as possible.
Sheikh Hasina also reiterated her observation that
Bangladesh, India, Bhutan and Nepal could resolve their
electricity demand through their joint endeavor to construct
hydropower plants, which will be a great boost for economy of the
Manmohan Singh congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her victory in
the last general elections and assumption of office of the Prime
minister for the third time.
He said India believes that the lot of the toiling masses of
the region can be changed through uninterrupted practice of
The Indian Premier highly praised Sheikh Hasina’s efforts
for poverty alleviation, women empowerment and improving the fate
of the rural people.
Manmohan Singh said Bangladesh is not only a close door
neighbour of India, but also a time tested friend.
He also assured that India would work together with
Bangladesh in the areas of trade, communications and investment
as well in the power sector.
Sheikh Hasina described hunger, poverty and terrorism as
common enemies of the region and expressed her firm determination
to fight together to root out these menaces from South Asia.
She said Bangladesh is keen to see South Asia as a region
free from terrorism and ready to work together in this respect.
The Bangladesh Prime Minister extended her thanks to her
Indian counterpart for placing the much-talked about Land
Boundary Protocol in the Indian parliament, hoping that the 40-
years’ unresolved issue would be endorsed by Indian legislators.
Sheikh Hasina also mentioned that Bangladesh is waiting for
very positive and effective steps about the Teesta water-sharing
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shariyar Alam,
Ambassador- At-Large M Ziauddin, PMO Secretary Abul Kalam Azad
and Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque were present.
Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid, National Security
Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Sujata Singh
were present from Indian side.
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