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Regional connectivity among neighbouring countries stressed

June 21, 2015 00:00:00

RAJSHAHI, June 20 (BSS): Speakers at a view-sharing meeting here on Saturday unequivocally called for more connectivity between Bangladesh with India, Nepal and Bhutan for substantial and sustainable development of the region.

They also stressed the need for developing bilateral relations and regional communications for economic prosperity of Bangladesh and the neighbouring countries.

SAARC Peoples Link Forum-bd (SPLF), Rajshahi organised the discussion styled "Connectivity between Bangladesh-India-Nepal-Bhutan" held at its office in the city.

Fazley Hossain Badsha, MP, addressed the discussion as focal person with Forum President Mustafizur Rahman Khan in the chair.

SPLF General Secretary Kolpona Roy and Members Saiduzzaman Sipon, Shahnaj Begum, Fatema Sarker and Tahera Khatun also spoke. Lawmaker Badsha mentioned that connectivity at people's level of SAARC countries should be enhanced to develop better understanding along with upholding regional peace and stability in the region. Not only through tourism, the relation may be improved in cultural, sports and also in other arenas.

There should be provision of road and railways connectivity between Bangladesh and Nepal and Bhutan instead of only the airway for the sake of welfare of the people. The speakers termed the Bangladesh-India relation as cordial and long-lasting and said visa procedure should be made more easy and liberalized. In case of medical and other emergencies visa should be given even within a day.

Badsha stressed on tourism for more bilateral development and exchange of ideas. Procedure of having passport and visa should be made easy so common people can travel comfortably.

He added that easy and unhindered movement among SAARC Countries needs to be created. There is no alternative to people-to-people link for regional peace and progress. He cited example of EU countries in this regard.

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