Nepal interested in using Saidpur Airport: FM

Dhaka, Tuesday   07 April 2020


Nepal interested in using Saidpur Airport: FM

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 07:53 PM, 18 February 2020  

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen said Nepal is interested in using the Saidpur Airport, welcoming that proposal, a technical expert committee will look into the matter on what types of flights can be operated through the airport.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has decided to strengthen our relations with all the neighbors. The meeting with Nepal today discussed various aspects of communication, bilateral and regional politics, trade, energy sector, and mutual assistance,” he told reporters in a briefing after the bilateral meeting with Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali at state guesthouse Meghna on Tuesday. 

He said there was a detailed discussion on how to cooperate with each other in different kinds of cooperation, overcome the obstacles. “They have appealed to us to reduce the tariff on various products. We have also proposed to reduce the tariff on the export of our various products.” 

Regarding the tourism sector, the Foreign Minister said there were talks of increasing tourism in the two countries. “We have already completed an agreement with India and Nepal. Saidpur Airport was also discussed. They are interested in using the airport.” 

We told them communication with Dhaka is good with Saidpur. There are 11 flights that are operating everyday, he also said.  

Nepal’s Foreign Minister, Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said, “There are many similarities between the two countries, which brings us to each other.” 

We want to increase the bilateral trade that we have. For this, we have decided to create a task force, he also said. 

Recently GMRK, an Indian company in Bangladesh, has approved the export of electricity in Bangladesh which will be built in Nepal. All preparations have been done by the Nepalese government for the construction of their infrastructure, said Nepal’s Foreign Minister.  

This may take five to six years, he also said adding, “Only then will it be possible to send electricity to Bangladesh. About 500 MW of electricity will export.” 

Earlier, Nepalese Foreign Minister invited the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh for Nepal visit. The Nepalese Foreign Minister arrived in Dhaka on a three-day official visit from February 17 to 19.