Dhaka: Bangladesh has officially expressed “deep concern” over India’s decision to ban onion exports without notice.
The Indian government on Monday banned the export of all varieties of onions with immediate effect to increase the availability of onions in the domestic market and reduce prices.
The Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry said in a letter sent by the Indian High Commission based in Dhaka: “The sudden announcement made by the Indian government on September 14, 2020 between the two friendly countries in this regard had take place in 2019 and 2020, and mutual exchanges have formed during this Understanding is weakened.
This letter was made available to the Bangladeshi media on Wednesday evening.
The letter called for the necessary steps to be taken to resume onion exports.
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The supply of essential food products to the Bangladeshi market will be affected
The letter said India’s sudden announcement in this regard would affect the supply of essential food items to the Bangladesh market.
According to the letter, during a meeting at the level of the secretaries of the trade ministries of the two countries held in Dhaka from January 15 to 16, 2020, Bangladesh had asked India not to impose export restrictions on essential food products.
Bangladesh has also requested India to notify it in advance if such a ban is necessary.
The issue was also raised by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during her visit to India in October 2019.