Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rooppur N-power plant to operate from 2018: Russian envoy

Outgoing Russian Ambassador Dr Gennady P Trotsenko on Tuesday informed President Zillur Rahman that works on Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant will be completed within 5-6 years as it will go into operation in 2018.

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to visit Russia in November when some Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) will be signed in this regard.

Trotsenko made the statements while paying a farewell call on the president at Bangabhaban.

Emphasising enhanced trade and commerce between Bangladesh and Russia, the president recalled with gratitude the invaluable support of the people and government of the former Soviet Union during Bangladesh’s Liberation War, including their role in the UN Security Council and in the early days of Bangladesh’s reconstruction.

Mentioning that Bangladesh remains committed to bolstering friendly relations with Russia further, Zillur Rahman expressed satisfaction with the gradual expansion of bilateral relations and cooperation between Bangladesh and Russia into different fields.

Along the same lines, the envoy said his country is also keen to expand trade, commerce and cooperation with Bangladesh and hoped that the relations between the countries would be further strengthened in the days to come. 

He thanked the president for extending his all-out support and cooperation in discharging his professional duties during his tenure in Bangladesh. 

Secretaries to the president’s office and official of the foreign ministry were present at the meeting.