Dhaka and Kathmandu yesterday signed four Memorandum of Understandings to enhance cooperation between the two countries in different areas, including tourism, sanitation, cultural exchange and railways link.
President Abdul Hamid and his Nepalese counterpart Bidya Devi Bhandari, who is in Dhaka on a two-day visit, witnessed the MoUs signing ceremony.
The MoUs were inked after the bilateral talks between Bangladesh and Nepal at the Credential Hall of Bangabhaban in the evening.
These are: MoU on Tourism Cooperation jointly signed by Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Mokammel Hossain from Bangladesh side and Nepalese Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Secretary Yadav Prasad Koirala.
MoU on Strengthening Sanitary and Phytosanitary Cooperation signed by Bangladesh’s Agriculture Ministry’s Senior Secretary Mesbaul Islam and Secretary of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Ministry of Nepal Dinesh Bhattarai.
MoU on Cultural Exchange Programme for the year of 2022-2025 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 Jafar Uddin and Nepal’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 Bangladesh side, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Health Minister Zahid Maleque, Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid and State Minister for Civil aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali were present.
From Nepal side, daughter of Nepalese president Usha Kiran Bhandari, Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Expert of the President’s Office Tika Prasad Dhakal, Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal, among others, were present on the occasion.
Earlier, on arrival of the Nepalese president at the Bangabhaban, she was received by President Hamid and his wife Rashida Khanam.
The MoU signing ceremony was followed by a cultural programme and dinner.
President Hamid hosted the dinner at the State-Dining Hall in honour of his Nepalese counterpart, who is in Dhaka to attend the twin historic celebrations — Bangladesh’s independence golden jubilee and birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.