Ly­onch­hen meets BBIN Trans­port Min­is­ters

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The trans­port min­is­ters of Bangladesh, In­dia and Nepal jointly called on Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay on the side­lines of the Meet­ing of BBIN Trans­port Min­is­ters at Ho­tel Le Meri­dien in Thim­phu last Mon­day.

Af­ter ex­chang­ing pleas­antries, Ly­onch­hen con­veyed that de­spite very busy sched­ules, their pres­ence in the coun­try in­di­cated the level of com­mit­ment, not just in fa­cil­i­tat­ing trans­port but also re­gional in­te­gra­tion be­tween the four coun­tries.

Ly­onch­hen thanked the min­is­ters for their as­sid­u­ous ef­forts in mak­ing the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Agree­ment (MVA) a suc­cess and ex­pressed that this in­te­gra­tion strongly re­ver­ber­ated in the whole sub-re­gion. The MVA is the first sub-re­gional agree­ment within SAARC and Ly­onch­hen said that by sign­ing this agree­ment be­tween the four coun­tries, a strong mes­sage has been sent to SAARC that ‘to­gether, we can’.

Ly­onch­hen added that BBIN and SAARC al­to­gether must join hands and de­vise ways to counter pol­lu­tion and its ad­verse ef­fects on na­ture by in­vest­ing in sus­tain­able trans­port. Ly­onch­hen re­it­er­ated that such co­op­er­a­tion would go a long way in com­bat­ing global cli­mate change. He said that our sub­re­gion has a great po­ten­tial to gen­er­ate re­new­able energy and it was cru­cial for the coun­tries work to­gether as mean­ing­fully as pos­si­ble.

Nepal’s Trans­port Min­is­ter con­veyed the per­sonal mes­sages of the Nepalese Prime Min­is­ter and peo­ple in ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Bhutan’s role in help­ing those af­fected by the re­cent earth­quake mishaps in their coun­try. He said that Ly­onch­hen’s per­sonal visit to Nepal at times of crises was highly ap­pre­ci­ated. To this, Ly­onch­hen said that Bhutan played a nom­i­nal role yet, the coun­try shared sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments with rest of the world and es­pe­cially the coun­tries in the sub­re­gion.

Bangladesh’s Trans­port Min­is­ter said that he was very happy to be in Bhutan and ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to RGoB for be­ing the first coun­try to rec­og­nize Bangladesh as an in­de­pen­dent coun­try in 1971. He also spoke about fur­ther­ing peo­pleto-peo­ple con­tact.

In­dia’s Trans­port Min­is­ter said that MVA was a good start and that the coun­tries should ‘learn’ from Ly­onch­hen on man­ag­ing ‘pol­lu­tion’.

The trans­port min­is­ters con­veyed their hap­pi­ness of be­ing in Bhutan and ac­corded mu­tual con­sent on fur­ther aug­ment­ing peo­ple-to-peo­ple con­tact and eco­nomic progress.

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