India, Bangladesh looking to resume cross-border bus, train services

Dhaka, April 28 (UNI): India and Bangladesh are looking to resume cross-border bus and railway services shortly after Eid, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in Dhaka on Thursday as he called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and handed over an invitation from Prime Minister Modi to visit India.

Jaishankar, who arrived in Dhaka in the afternoon at the head of a high-level delegation, including Foreign Secretary-designate Vijay Mohan Kwatra, called on the Bangladesh Prime Minister at Ganobhaban at 4 pm (local time). In a tweet, he said: “Thank Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her warm reception. Conveyed personal greetings of PM @narendramodi. Our bilateral relations are moving from strength to strength under the guidance of the two leaders.”


On his talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart, he tweeted: “Positive discussions with Bangladesh FM Dr. A.K. Abdul Momen. “Agreed that our close neighbourly partnership is progressing steadily. Our shared endeavour would be to take it forward. “Looking forward to hosting him for the Joint Consultative Commission.”

Later, addressing the media along with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, he said “This afternoon, I had the privilege to call on the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina. I have conveyed to her the personal greetings and good wishes of Prime Minister Modi and also conveyed that we look forward to her visit to India at a time of her convenience. We discussed a number of issues. We reviewed bilateral ties as well as regional and global issues.”

Jaishankar said that despite the challenges of Covid, the two sides have remained regularly in touch and made good progress in the bilateral relations. He said his visit is aimed at continuing the progress in deepening the engagement.

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