Maldives rolls out red carpet as PM Sheikh Hasina arrives
MALE, Maldives, Dec 22, 2021 (BSS) –
Maldives rolled out the red carpet to
welcome Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as she arrived here today on her maiden
six-day bilateral visit at the invitation of the county’s President Ibrahim
“A special VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina and her entourage members landed at the Velana
International Airport at 3pm local time,” Prime Minister’s Press Secretary
Ihsanul Karim told BSS.
Maldivian state minister for foreign affairs received the premier while a
static guard of honor was given to her. Later, she was escorted to the place
of residence in a ceremonial motorcade.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be formally received by Maldivian
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih tomorrow (On December 23) while a guard of
honor and other ceremonial will be accorded to the Bangladesh’s head of the
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Health and Family Welfare Minister
Zahid Maleque and Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran
Ahmad are accompanying the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Earlier, the special VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines took off from
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) at 12.10pm today.
During her visit, four instruments, including two Memorandum of
Understandings (MoUs), are likely to be signed tomorrow (December 23).
The four proposed deeds are — Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation
and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income, Agreement
on the Transfer of Prisoners, MoU in the areas of Health Care and Medical
Sciences between Bangladesh and Maldives (renewal) and MoU between Bangladesh
and Maldives on Cooperation in the Area of youth and Sports Development.
Besides, the MoU on Recruitment of Qualified Health Professionals between
Bangladesh and the Maldives will be renewed.
During the visit, Bangladesh will gift 13 military vehicles to the
Maldives as a token of friendship between the two South Asian nations.
On the second day of her visit, the Bangladeshi premier will have a
bilateral meeting with the Maldivian President to discuss various issues at
the Presidential Palace.
After the meeting, concerned officials of the two countries will sign the
instruments in presence of the Bangladesh prime minister and the Maldivian
A joint statement will be issued while the two leaders will jointly appear
in front of media.
In the visit, Maldivian Vice-President Faisal Naseem, Speaker of the
People’s Majlis, Maldivian National Parliament, Mohammed Nasheed and Chief
Justice Uz Ahmed Muthasim Adnan are expected to pay courtesy call on the
Bangladesh premier at the meeting room of Hotel Jen, Male.
The prime minister will address the Maldives parliament on December 23
In the evening, Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to attend a state banquet to be
hosted by the Maldivian President and the country’s First Lady in her honor.
On December 24, she will join a virtual community reception to be accorded
by the Bangladeshi expatriates in Male.
The premier is scheduled to return home on December 27.
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