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India mends Nepal ties with transit of Bangladeshi fertilizer

New Delhi improves regional connectivity as it normalizes neighbor relations

India has allowed transit by rail of Bangladeshi fertilizer to Nepal as it mends relations with its Himalayan neighbor. (Source photo by Reuters)

NEW DELHI -- India is allowing the transit of Bangladeshi fertilizer to Nepal in what analysts see as an effort to strengthen sub-regional connectivity and improve ties with neighbors.

The first batch of fertilizer crossed by rail to India in early February, according to the Indian high commission in Dhaka. It came after Dhaka and Kathmandu signed an agreement in December following Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli's request to his Bangladeshi counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, for 50,000 metric tons of urea.

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