Vikram K Doraiswami, India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh, has said that there was a need for greater communication linkages between the two neighbouring nations with a special emphasis on the Northeast.

During his three-day trip to Assam, Doraiswami held discussion with Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and other stakeholders on the prospect of boosting trade and economy between Bangladesh and Northeast, officials in Guwahati said on Friday.

“Discussed how improved trade and connectivity between India and Bangladesh will lead to socio-economic development of people on both sides. The government of Assam is all willing to contribute to this growing cooperation”

“… honoured to see the dynamic and development-driven Chief Minister, the Hon Himanta Biswa Sarma to discuss the trade, eco, transport and P2P opportunities for Assam and the NE Region with a prioritized partnership with Bangladesh. Delighted by HCM’s support and guidance,” Doraiswami said in a tweet.

Doraiswami in his first visit to Assam as Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh met Mukhi on Thursday.

Doraiswami briefed the Governor about the major projects that are being taken up by India to strengthen the overall bilateral relationship particularly communication, trade, commerce and more people-to-people contacts.

“With regard to communications, some ongoing projects with special focus on railways, road connectivity, waterways connectivity, access to northeast India and projects related to power sector were discussed,” said a statement.

The Governor also fondly recollected to the High Commissioner about his interaction with the President of Bangladesh and the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India.

He expressed happiness on the present Indo-Bangla bilateral relations which is primarily based on mutual trust and cooperation between the two countries, adding that Assam will play a more important role in strengthening this tie.

Four northeastern states–Tripura (856 km), Meghalaya (443 km), Mizoram (318 km) and Assam (263 km) share an 1,880-km border with Bangladesh.

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