Dhaka, Bangladesh:  Bangladesh China and Burma agreed to shortly hold a dialogue to establish a direct road link from Dhaka to Kunming, reviving the ancient Silk Route, according to official source.  ‘I have discussed with my Chinese and Burma counterparts the direct road link with China and both of them agreed to hold a meeting shortly,’ the foreign minister, M Morshed Khan, told reporters yesterday. Morshed had meetings with the Chinese foreign minister, Li Zhaonxin, and the Burma foreign minister, Nyan Win, on the sideline of the 13th meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum that took place on Friday in Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur. Asked about the possible schedule for the tripartite meeting, the foreign minister said the dates would be finalized through diplomatic consultation. China in June, meanwhile, sent a letter to Bangladesh requesting an initiative to open up the Silk Route through the proposed Dhaka–Rangoon Road to enhance cooperation in trade and tourism among the three countries. The Burma foreign minister expressed his eagerness to hold the meeting, Morshed Khan said, adding Rangoon has no reservation on the proposed three-nation road link between Dhaka and Kunming, the capital of China’s western province of Yunnan, through Burma. In the latest move, Chin’s president Wen Jiabao asked his communications and transport authorities to take up immediately the project when Morshed Khan made a courtesy call in June. A communications ministry official said the government was seriously considering the route that has long been in discussion. He said the Dhaka–Kunming road link would be established through reviving the Silk Route, which was once linked with the Grand Trunk Road, connecting Delhi with Arakan, to improve regional trade and business. The government is also hopeful of a breakthrough in the construction of the first phase of the 153km Dhaka-Burma Road. ‘We are expecting a team from Burma in the middle of the next month [August] to finalize the draft agreement of the road link,’ communications secretary Shafiqul Islam said. The communications ministry at a meeting in June decided to invite Rangoon to sign an agreement on the first-phase construction of the proposed road, aiming to revive its ‘look east’ policy. The road link is a major component of the ‘look east’ policy of the Bangladesh government The proposed road will stretch from Taungbro to Kyauktaw in Burma via Ramu-Gundom to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. The road will be constructed in two phases involving an estimated cost of Tk 933.46 crore. According to the plan, Bangladesh will construct a 43 km stretch of the road in the first phase, of which 20 km will be in Bangladesh and 23 km in Burma, at a cost of Tk 163.49 crore.