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Dhaka, August 30: The Myanmar government firmly supports direct road communication between Dhaka and Rangoon through Teknaf-Sittwe border points to help improve economic and trade relation between Bangladesh and Myanmar, reports BSS.

“This highway will also greatly help towards further developing the bilateral relations as well as establishing link with the South Asian and South East Asian countries,” said Communication Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda yesterday while talking to reporters at the airport after his return from an official visit to Myanmar and Thailand.

During his separate meetings with several ministers of the Myanmar government in Rangoon, the communication minister received support towards his proposal for ‘Bangladesh-Myanmar friendship highway’ or ‘ Bangladesh-Myanmar friendship bridge.’

He held meeting with Secretary-1 of the State Peace and Development Council Lt.Gen. Khin Nyunt, Foreign Affairs Minister U Win Aung, Minister for Economic Development and National planning U Soe Tha, Construction Minister Major General Saw Tun and commerce Minister Brigadier General Pyi Sone.

“ When I placed my proposal before them in support of increased bilateral relations for mutual benefit in trade and commerce between the two countries, Lt. Gen Khin Nyunt and other ministers heartily welcomed it,” the minister said.

Barrister Nazmul Huda during his meeting with the Myanmar Commerce Minister stressed increasing the trade volume and supply of goods on reduced rates through establishing direct road line between the two countries.” The Myanmar Commerce Minister reciprocated the same,” he told the reporters.

He also proposed for launching a ferry service across the Naf River and said his visit to Myanmar from August 25 to 27 was a grand success. “This visit will in fact brining about a fruitful outcome in establishing Dhaka-Yangon direct road link to promote the bilateral trade and economic relations between the two countries,” he said.

Those accompanied the communication minister during his visit were Communication Secretary Syed Rezaul Hayat, Chief Engineer of Road and Highways Division Md. Fazlul Huq and concerned senior officials of the ministry of communication.

Source: today the independent