AGARTALA, Sept 16 - Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday discussed cross-border trade, improvement of connectivity and curbing of drug smuggling and illegal trade between his state and Bangladesh with visiting Bangladeshi Information Minister Hasan Mahmud.
After the meeting, Mahmud said the Chief Minister was keen to set up more Border Haats to boost livelihood of the people living in border villages, export tea to Bangladesh and use Chittagong and Mongla sea ports to carry goods and machinery from other parts of the country to Tripura via Bangladesh.
Deb also stressed the need for early completion of the 12.23 km Agartala-Akaura railway project and construction of a bridge over river Feni in southern Tripura.
Mahmud said that after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office, India-Bangladesh relations had further developed.
In the meeting, Deb told Mahmud: �Before taking oath of office of Chief Minister on March 9 last year, I first took the blessings from my mother then talked to the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina over phone. She told me to take steps to curb the smuggling of drugs to Bangladesh. I deeply admire her for her motherly love and affection. Our government has taken a series of steps to curb drugs smuggling and illegal business.�
Mahmud, who was accompanied by parliamentarians, senior officials, and artists arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit. � IANS