Dhaka skips tri-nation talks on gas
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"We have informed Bangladesh about the proposed talks between India and Myanmar (on Wednesday), and through the Bangladesh High Commissioner forwarded an invitation to send an envoy to the talks," Indian Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar told reporters at a teleconference from Romania on Monday.
In case the Bangladesh envoy arrives, "We would convert the schedule to trilateral talks or we would have bilateral talks with Myanmar," said Aiyar.
Advisor to Energy Ministry and Board of Investment (BOI) executive chief Mahmudur Rahman told reporters that Indian High Commissioner Veena Sikri met him on Tuesday and inquired about Bangladeshâ€™s participation in the meeting.
Rahman told Sikri, "Time is too short for attending Wednesday's meeting in New Delhi." Asked if Bangladesh is excluded from the tri-nation gas pipeline, he said, "If they could do without Bangladesh, let them do, good luck to them."
He said if India and Myanmar could find a better route for the gas pipeline, they would obviously go for that, but "If they feel that the route through Bangladesh will be better option, they will come to us. We're waiting for the outcome of bilateral negotiations between India and Myanmar."
In reply to a question, Rahman said he is waiting for official response from India regarding Bangladeshâ€™s three-point proposal seemingly tagged with the tri-nation gas pipeline project.
Bangladesh wants India to first address issues like reduction of trade imbalance, providing corridor for Nepalese goods to Bangladeshi ports and access to hydroelectric potential in Bhutan.