Both sides have agreed to start flights on the Dhaka-Tashkent route. Besides, the country has also decided to open a Tashkent Embassy in Dhaka.
On Friday (July 29), a meeting was conducted between the Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Jamshed Khodzhayev, who was visiting Dhaka, at a hotel in the capital. The decision was taken during this meeting, says Dr Momen.
During the meeting, Dr Momen recalled his interaction with Uzbekistan’s president during his visit to the country last year and highlighted the Uzbek president’s positive attitude towards opening a diplomatic mission of Tashkent in Dhaka.
The Foreign Minister also assured the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan that the Government of Bangladesh will provide all kinds of assistance in opening a diplomatic mission of Uzbekistan in Dhaka. In this context, the Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister guaranteed the opening of the embassy in Dhaka.
The foreign minister placed emphasis on communication between the two countries. He insisted on the resumption of commercial flights between the two countries as before. In this regard, the code-sharing method for operating flights between the two countries was also discussed.
It was decided in the meeting that the people of the two countries will be able to travel between the two via the regular flights of Bangladesh Biman on the Dhaka-New Delhi route and the regular flights of Uzbek Air on the New Delhi-Tashkent route, using the code-sharing system. Besides these, both sides also agreed to start direct flights between Dhaka and Tashkent after evaluating the demand.
The Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister referred to the historical ties between Bangladesh and Uzbekistan dating back to the Mughal period. He placed importance on economic diplomacy between the two countries. Besides, he praised the socio-economic development of Bangladesh and the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
In order to increase the trade between Bangladesh and Uzbekistan, the Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister was optimistic that if direct communication is established between Bangladesh’s Chittagong and Iran’s Chabahar port, the cost of transporting goods will be reduced.
Dr Momen voiced his interest in importing cotton from Uzbekistan. Bangladesh can import cotton from Uzbekistan and export it to other countries of the world through value addition, says the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan.
Dr Momen also showed interest in importing fertilizer from Uzbekistan. He highlighted the incredible success of Bangladesh in the pharmaceutical industry and said that Uzbekistan can also participate in this progress with Bangladesh.
Highlighting Foreign Minister Imam Bokhari he said, Imam Bokhari is highly versed in Bangladesh and Bangladeshi citizens are interested in travelling to Uzbekistan and businessmen are interested in doing business in Uzbekistan.
On this topic, the Foreign Minister called for steps to be taken so that Bangladeshi citizens can get visas easily. The Deputy Prime Minister said that the e-visa system is being launched for Bangladeshi citizens for this reason, by accepting e-visa every Bangladeshi citizen can travel to Uzbekistan for leisure or business purposes.
At that time of the meeting regarding the Dhaka-Tashkent Route flight, the Ambassador of Bangladesh appointed to Uzbekistan Md Jahangir Alam was present.