India extends support to B’desh for ED, SEARO

Dhaka, Dec 11 (Agency) India has extended its support to Bangladesh’s candidature for the post of Executive Director (ED) of South-East Asia Regional Office (SEARO) of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Vikram Kumar Doraiswami conveyed this message to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, when he paid a courtesy call to her at her official Ganabhaban residence here on Thursday morning.

After the meeting, PM’s Deputy Press Secretary Hasan Jahid Tusher briefed the reporters. He said the Indian envoy discussed with the Prime Minister the difficulties being faced by Bangladesh nationals in obtaining Indian visas due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic. The envoy informed the premier that 90 per cent Indian visas of different categories have already been opened, while the remaining ones would be given, depending on the COVID-19 situation. Mr Kumar pointed out the ongoing process of supplying 30 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Bangladesh through Serum Institute of India. In this connection, he expressed his government’s desire to increase the capacity of Bangladeshi health professionals for effective delivery of COVID vaccines. He put emphasis on enhancing interactions at business-to-business level between the two countries for mutual benefits.