New Delhi, Apr 19: India has permitted Bangladesh to fly back nearly 1,000 Bangladeshi citizens who had been stranded in the country in the wake of the national lockdown since March 25.
Both the External Affairs Ministry and the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi jointly coordinated this decision to facilitate return of Bangladeshi citizens as they were facing hardships and wanted to return home. However, in a peculiar stand, Bangladesh national carrier Biman had declined to ferry its stranded citizens, sources in the diplomatic circle said.
Extending full cooperation to Bangladesh as it battles the Covid-19 pandemic, the Modi Government gave a special permission to a private airlines of Bangladesh to fly back their citizens from different cities of the country. Bangladesh is also on board the SAARC nations initiative, taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month for cooperation among member States in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. At one point of time, Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi had to seek the intervention of their Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to sort out internal problem between national carrier Biman and the private airlines U.S.- Bangla.(UNI)