Mango Diplomacy: Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina Sends 2,600 Kg to Indian Counterpart Modi

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Monday, July 5, 2021
A consignment of 260 boxes of the famous ‘Haribhanga’ mangoes is on its way from Bangladesh to India for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The mangoes have been sent as gift from Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina.

The consignment, being carried in Bangladeshi trucks, containing 260 boxes of the famous ‘Haribhanga’ mangoes crossed the border on Sunday afternoon.

The Haribhanga mango variety, grown in Rangpur district in Bangladesh, was sent across the land border via the Benapole checkpoint, a Bangladeshi news agency reported. The gift comes at a time when Dhaka has been a little dismayed regarding the delay in delivery of second doses of vaccine to Bangladesh.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in a warm gesture, sent the seasonal fruit as a “souvenir of the friendship between the two countries,” Anupam Chakma, deputy commissioner of Benapole customs, said.

Mohammed Samiul Quader, the first secretary of the deputy high commission of Bangladesh in Kolkata, received the mangoes on the other side.

According to reports, the gift consignment will be sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister once it clears all customs and port formalities.

Bangladeshi media reported that Hasina planned to send mangoes to chief ministers in northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura, all of which share borders with Bangladesh.