PM urges UK to lift ban on direct cargo flights to London

21 Dec,2016


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the British government to lift the ban on all direct cargo flights from Dhaka to London.

The Prime Minister made the call when UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Bangladesh Rushanara Ali, MP met her at her official residence Ganabhaban in the evening.

After the meeting, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters.

In response to the call, he said, Rushanara Ali told the Prime Minister that she would discuss the issue with the UK government.

On March 8 last, the UK banned air cargo directly from Dhaka until further notice citing ‘security concerns’.

Ihsanul Karim said the Prime Minister and the UK House of Commons member also discussed matters relating to enhancing of economic cooperation between the two countries.

About the signing of a memorandum understanding (MoU) between a British firm and Bangladesh Railway for the construction of a rail line in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina expressed satisfaction over it.

Bangladesh Railway and British company DP Rail Ltd on Tuesday signed the MoU for setting up a 240-km rail line between Dhaka and Payra seaport in Patuakhali's Kuakata.

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