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Bangladesh Expresses Concern Over India Banning Export Of Onions

Dhaka, Sep 16: Bangladesh has formally conveyed its deep concern over India’s banning the export of onions with out due discover. The Indian authorities on Monday banned the export of all sorts of onions with rapid impact to extend availability and curb costs of the commodity within the home market.

The newest abrupt announcement of the Government of India on September 14, 2020 undermines the discussions that happened in 2019 and 2020 between the 2 pleasant international locations on the matter and the understanding shared, learn the international ministry letter despatched to India via its High Commission in Dhaka. The letter, dated September 15, was made out there to the Bangladesh media within the late hours of Wednesday.

It requests the Indian High Commission to convey the message to authorities in New Delhi and take essential measures to renew onion exports taking into account the wonderful ties between the neighbours. In the letter, Bangladesh expressed its “deep concern” because the sudden announcement by India immediately impacts the availability of important meals objects in Bangladesh market.

It identified {that a} secretary-level assembly between the commerce ministries of the 2 international locations held on January 15-16, 2020 in Dhaka requested India to not impose export restriction on important meals objects required by Bangladesh. The letter mentioned the Bangladesh aspect additionally requested India to tell Dhaka forward of time in case of any occasion necessitating such a restriction.

The matter was additionally raised by Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina throughout her go to to India in October 2019. Earlier within the day, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam mentioned Dhaka has requested New Delhi to revoke its ban on onion export according to an unwritten understanding.

Even if, he mentioned, India was required to take such a call, New Delhi would inform Dhaka beforehand. “We expect a constructive consequence quickly on this regard, he mentioned, whereas speaking to reporters at his workplace.

New Delhi in September final 12 months had imposed an analogous onion export ban, which, nonetheless, was lifted in a while. Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has mentioned the federal government was contemplating withdrawing import obligation on the important merchandise.

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