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NE CMs to visit Dhaka
Agartala, Feb 25 (IANS):
Published on 26 Feb. 2009 6:43 PM IST
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A group of chief ministers from the northeastern states will visit Dhaka next month to press for transit facilities to the region via Bangladesh. The delegation will meet Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, Trade and Commerce minister Farooq Khan and President Zillur Rahman March 4 and 5 to discuss the transit and other trade and business related matters, a senior official said here Wednesday. The ministry of development of north eastern region (DoNER) will sponsor the first-ever chief ministers’ delegation to Bangladesh. DoNER Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar is likely to lead the chief ministers’ delegation, which would also meet business leaders of Bangladesh. A 21-member Bangladeshi delegation last month visited the region and stressed the need for transit facilities and enhancing business with northeast India. Meanwhile, a report from Dhaka said India and Bangladesh are set to renew the existing inland water transit and trade pact, integrating a new port of call in Ashuganj for easy transport of Indian goods from rest of the country to the northeast through Bangladesh. “We are planning to renew the existing water transit facilities between the two countries,” the report quoted a Bangladesh foreign ministry official as saying. The bilateral Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade was renewed in May 2008 and is scheduled to expire next month.

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