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Nepal wants to use Bangladesh’s sea and land ports

Arshad Khan

“We will have a meeting in the next two to three months, where these issues will be finalized,” said Minister Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury.

Nepal wants to use Bangladesh’s seaports and two land ports (Banglabandha and Bhomra), according to Bangladesh’s Shipping Minister Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury.

The Nepalese ambassador to Bangladesh, Ghanshyam Bhandari, met with the minister on Tuesday (February 13) afternoon at the Ministry of Shipping. The minister spoke to the media after the meeting.

“We will have a meeting in the next two to three months, where these issues will be finalized,” said Minister Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury.

The shipping minister said that Bangladesh has a lot of engagement with Nepal. Many Nepalese students are studying in Bangladesh. Nepal is interested in the ports of Chittagong, Mongla and Payra.

“Nepal is a landlocked country. They mainly want to use the Mongla port. They are also interested in using the Banglabandha and Bhomra land ports,” added Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury.

He said that the Nepalese ambassador had spoken about these issues and expressed his hope for cooperation. He also said that the ambassador had personally visited the ports.

Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury further said, “The ambassador hopes for a quick decision on these issues. And we are also emphasizing the implementation of this issue. It is being discussed at the prime minister level.”

During Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Delhi, she raised some issues there. Among those were: how Bangladesh can use 23 kilometers of Indian land to connect directly with Nepal, said the Bangladesh shipping minister.

Minister Khalid said that Nepal can now come up to the Fulbari border in Bangladesh. But Bangladeshi goods vehicles cannot go up to the Nepal border.

“We are working together with three countries (Bangladesh, India, Nepal) to resolve this crisis. They want it, we want it too. If this problem is solved, regional and international trade will be smoother,” said Minister Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury.

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