Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla stated on Saturday that New Delhi could be concerned within the improvement of the transmission strains for the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh as a part of its credit score line for the neighbouring nation.
“A significant part of our third line of credit will go to civil nuclear cooperation. Transmission lines of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will be developed by Indian companies under the line of credit. Value of these transmission lines will be worth over USD 1 billion,” Mr Shringla stated at a briefing following talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina.
He added, “Both sides (India and Bangladesh) are interested in expanding cooperation in the Space sector.”
Mr Shringla stated additional that immediately India and Bangladesh held restricted format discussions and delegation-level talks, this allowed the 2 Prime Ministers to take inventory of progress in numerous areas.
“This included some discussion on how we can preserve the legacy of 1971,” he stated.
“Commerce and connectivity, cooperation and water resources, security, defence, power and energy, new areas like Artificial Intelligence, environment, societal application of nuclear energy. etc,” the overseas secretary stated.
He additional identified that there are very energetic collaboration and cooperation amongst India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan underneath the BBIM group. “We spoke about Motor Vehicle Agreement that is in a fairly advanced stage. We want to take it further. We’re facilitating Bangladesi exports to both these countries via India,” he stated.
Touching upon the Teesta challenge, Mr Shringla stated the subject was mentioned and PM Modi reiterated India’s honest and continued efforts to conclude the settlement in session with related stakeholders. Along with that, the Indian aspect additionally requested for early finalization of a draft for sharing of water of Feni River.
Summing up the entire go to, he stated, “This evening we have held restricted format discussions and delegation-level talks, this allowed the two PMs to take stock of progress in various areas. This included some discussion on how we can preserve the legacy of 1971 and Commerce and connectivity, cooperation and water resources, security, defense, power and energy, new areas like Artificial Intelligence, environment, societal application of nuclear energy.”
On the problem of whether or not PM Modi and PM Hasina mentioned the Rohingya challenge, the overseas secretary stated that this challenge does come up and will come up. “There was an understanding between both sides that Bangladesh has done a lot to provide refuge to over a million displaced persons from Myanmar’s Rakhine state,” he stated.
He added: “Among the 109 ambulances that we just gifted, few of them are for the camps where these displaced persons (Rohingya refugees) are housed.”
Mr Shringla acknowledged that PM Modi thanked PM Sheikh Hasina for erecting a struggle memorial in Bangladesh “in recognition of the contribution of Indian soldiers who were martyred during the liberation war of Bangladesh. Both PMs laid the foundation stone for the memorial.”