Dhaka Bureau Policy Times: The newly appointed High Commissioner of India Vikram Kumar Doraiswami called on the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, MP today.
During the inaugural call on, the Hon’ble State Minister congratulated the High Commissioner for assuming his assignment in Bangladesh. The High Commissioner acknowledged the willingness and efforts of the State Minister to develop bilateral relationship between Bangladesh and India. Both of them appreciated the historical bondage between two nationals.
During the call on, both of them agreed to hold the long pending Meeting of Joint Rivers Commission at the Ministerial level soon. The State Minister recalled the decision of the last Joint Consultative Commission (JCC) to hold the virtual summit between the two prime ministers of Bangladesh and India, while the High Commissioner assured that the upcoming virtual summit is not being seen as a substitute for in person visit by Prime Minister Modi, rather it will be a complementary summit.
The High Commissioner further reiterated the initiatives of India to conduct stage-iii COVID vaccine trial. He assured that Bangladesh will get top priority for trial, distribution, delivery and partial co-production of the vaccine following the trial in India.
The State Minister hoped that the people-to-people connectivity between the two countries would be restored to normalcy soon. In this regard, he appreciated the Indian side for reopening people-people movement and requested to ease their visa regulations. The High Commissioner assured that the Air Bubble arrangement between Bangladesh and India will convene soon and other regulations will also be eased eventually. Both sides stressed on the importance to create an easy, sustainable mechanism for bilateral people-people movement, with ease of travel and exchange of currency.
Other issues were also discussed during the call on including restoration of Chilahati-Haldibari rail link, connectivity with North-East India, Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Museum etc.