Dhaka and Kathmandu on March 22 signed four Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to improve cooperation between the two countries in several areas including tourism, sanitation, cultural exchange and railways website link.
President M Abdul Hamid and his Nepalese counterpart Bidya Devi Bhandari witnessed the MoU signing ceremony. The agreements followed the bilateral talks between Bangladesh and Nepal at the Credential Hall of Bangabhaban on March 22.
The MoU on Tourism Cooperation was signed by Civil Aviation and Tourism Secretary Md Mokammel Hossian from the Bangladesh side and Nepalese Tradition, Tourism and Civil Aviation Secretary Yadav Prasad Koirala.
MoU on Strengthening Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Cooperation was signed by Bangladesh’s Agriculture Ministry’s Senior Secretary Md Mesbaul Islam and Secretary of the Sector, Commerce and Items Ministry of Nepal Dinesh Bhattarai.
MoU on Cultural Exchange Program for the entire year of 2022-2025 signed by Bangladesh’s Cultural Affairs Secretary Badrul Arefin and Nepalese Traditions, Tourism and Civil Aviation Secretary Yadav Prasad Koirala.
As well, Bangladesh’s Commerce Ministry Secretary Dr Md Jafar Uddin and Nepal government’s Industry, Commerce and Products Ministry Secretary Dinesh Bhattarai signed the MoU on Letter of Exchange on Rohanpur-Sighbad Railway Path amendment to Nepal-Bangladesh Transit Agreement) with respect to their respective countries.
From the Bangladesh side, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque, Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid and State Minister for Civil aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali were present.
From the 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, amongst others, were present on the occasion.
Earlier, on arrival of the Nepalese President at the Bangabhaban, she was received simply by President Abdul Hamid and his wife Rashida Khanam at the Octagonal of the Presidential palace.
The MoU signing ceremony was followed by a cultural function and dinner.
Bangladesh President hosted the dinner at the State-Eating Hall in honour of Nepalese counterpart, who's on a two-day tour here to attend the twin historical celebrations - Bangladesh’s Independence golden jubilee and birth centenary of Dad of the country Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.