Shillong: Meghalaya Chief Minister DD Lapang will visit Dhaka later this month, where he is expected to meet Bangladesh premier Sheikh Hasina to discuss a host of issues, including improvement of connectivity and cooperation in tourism, health care and education.
Lapang, along with a delegation comprising his two deputies, will be leaving for Dhaka on February 24 to participate in the international trade fair being organised by the India Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
New Delhi has assured of giving him clearance for the
visit, Lapang said, adding that he hopes to get an appointment
Lapang discussed several issues pertaining to improved ties between Bangladesh and Meghalaya with Bangladesh High Commissioner Tariq Ahmed Karim last evening.
"Issues regarding road, air and rail connectivity were deliberated upon. We have been seeking to begin a bus service to Bangladesh via Sylhet, besides introducing air and rail services. Karim assured me of taking up the matters with Dhaka," Lapang said.
The Chief Minister also requested the Bangladesh envoy to
open up a visa office in Shillong to encourage more visitors
to the neighbouring country.
The Chief Minister also impressed upon Karim that
Meghalaya, being an education hub, can be a viable destination
for Bangladeshi students. "They can come here and pursue
studies," Lapang said.