Dhaka-Kathmandu signed four MoUs
DHAKA, March 22, 2021 (BSS) –
Dhaka and Kathmandu today signed four Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to enhance cooperation between the two countries in different areas including tourism, sanitation, cultural exchange and railways link.
President M Abdul Hamid and his Nepalese counterpart Bidya Devi Bhandari witnessed the MoUs signing ceremony.
The MoUs were inked after the bilateral talks between Bangladesh and Nepal at the Credential Hall of Bangabhaban here this evening.
MoU on Tourism Cooperation was signed by Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mokammel Hossian from the Bangladesh side and Nepalese Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Secretary Yadav Prasad Koirala from the Nepalese side.
MoU on Strengthening Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Cooperation was signed by Bangladesh’s Agriculture Ministry’s Senior Secretary Md Mesbaul Islam and Secretary of the Industry, Commerce and Supplies Ministry of Nepal Dinesh Bhattarai on behalf of their respective sides.
MoU on Cultural Exchange Programme for the year of 2022-2025 was signed by Bangladesh’s Cultural Affairs Secretary Badrul Arefin and Nepalese Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Secretary Yadav Prasad Koirala.
And Bangladesh’s Commerce Ministry Secretary Dr Md Jafar Uddin and Nepal government’s Industry, Commerce and Supplies Ministry Secretary Dinesh Bhattarai signed the MoU on Letter of Exchange on Rohanpur-Sighbad Railway Route amendment to Nepal-Bangladesh Transit Agreement) on behalf of their respective countries.
From the Bangladesh side, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque and from the Nepalese side, daughter of Nepalese President Usha Kiran Bhandari, and Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, among others, were present on the occasion.
Earlier, on arrival of the Nepalese President at the Bangabhaban, she was received by President Abdul Hamid and his wife Rashida Khanam at the Octagonal of the Presidential palace.
The MoU signing ceremony was followed by cultural function and dinner.
Bangladesh President hosted the dinner at the State-Dining Hall in honor of his Nepalese counterpart, who is on a two-day tour here to attend the twin historic celebrations – Bangladesh’s Independence golden jubilee and birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury, President’s wife Rashida Khanam, Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hessian, several ministers, senior civil and military officials and other dignitaries also attended the dinner.