Bhutan was the first coun­try to rec­og­nize Bangladesh’s in­de­pen­dence

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Ly­onch­hen Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay called on to Mr. Md. Ab­dul Hamid, Pres­i­dent, Gov­ern­ment of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Bangladesh at the Taj Tashi Ho­tel, Thim­phu yes­ter­day.

Con­demn­ing the ter­ror at­tack in the Café in Bangladesh last night, Ly­onch­hen said that the act was un­prece­dented in the his­tory of Bangladesh and com­ple­mented the Gov­ern­ment of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Bangladesh and its se­cu­rity forces for quick han­dling of the sit­u­a­tion. “Nowhere in the world has ter­ror at­tacks been re­solved this quickly and ef­fi­ciently,” Ly­onch­hen said. Ly­onch­hen wore a green gho yes­ter­day to show sol­i­dar­ity with the peo­ple of Bangladesh.

The Pres­i­dent shared with Ly­onch­hen that six gun­men have been killed and 13 peo­ple were res­cued, amongst which three were for­eign­ers – one Ja­panese and two Sri Lankans.

The Pres­i­dent also shared that the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Bangladesh and Bhutan dates back to 1980s. “Bhutan was the first coun­try to rec­og­nize Bangladesh’s in­de­pen­dence,” he said.

On trade be­tween Bhutan and Bangladesh, Ly­onch­hen said that there is a need to fur­ther strength­ens it, given the prox­im­ity and the cur­rent vol­ume of trade. Ly­onch­hen also ex­pressed Bhutan’s in­ter­est to ex­port boul­ders and stones to Bangladesh, through the in­ter-gov­ern­men­tal agree­ment. Due to short­ages of boul­ders and stones in Bangladesh, quite of­ten bricks are bro­ken into small pieces to form ag­gre­gates for con­struc­tion, to this Ly­onch­hen said is ex­pen­sive and pol­lut­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment. The Pres­i­dent said that he would sug­gest im­port­ing boul­ders and stones from Bhutan to his gov­ern­ment. Ly­onch­hen and the Pres­i­dent also dis­cussed pos­si­bil­i­ties of trans­port­ing the goods through wa­ter­ways.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the im- por­tance of con­nec­tiv­ity, the Pres­i­dent said that he is grate­ful to the Na­tional Assem­bly of Bhutan for pass­ing the BBIN Agree­ment and said that he is hope­ful that the Na­tional Coun­cil will also en­dorse it.

Ly­onch­hen thanked the Pres­i­dent for vis­it­ing Bhutan de­spite his busy sched­ules and also for bring­ing along the fam­ily mem­bers. The Pres­i­dent thanked Ly­onch­hen for show­ing sol­i­dar­ity for the ter­ror at­tack in Bangladesh.

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