Bangladeshi PM flies to Bhutan

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A Druk Air VVIP flight carrying the premier took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:50am on Tuesday

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left Dhaka for Thimpu on a three-day state visit to Bhutan.

A Druk Air VVIP flight carrying the premier and her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Thimphu at 10:50am on Tuesday.

The prime minister is scheduled to attend the International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in Thimpu, BSS reported quoting PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim.

She will be the chief guest at the conference scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

The premier is also going to meet with Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Prime Minister’s adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi, State Minister for Health Jahid Malik, chairperson of Bangladesh National Advisory Committee for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Saima Wazed Hossain and other senior government officials are accompanying the prime minister during the visit.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Qader, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Chief Whip ASM Firoz, PM’s Media Advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and Cabinet Secretary M Shafiul Alam went to the airport to see the prime minister off.

The flight is scheduled to reach Paro International Airport at 11:35am local time.

Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Bangladesh Ambassador in Thimphu Jishnu Roy Choudhury will receive the premier at the airport where she will be presented a ceremonial Khadhar (scarf).

From the airport, a ceremonial motorcade will escort the prime minister to La Meridien Thimphu where she will be staying during her visit.

The prime minister will then have an audience with Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema at the Royal Palace.

The premier’s meeting with her Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay at Gyalyong Tshogkhang will be followed by signing of six deals on water management, hydro-power, connectivity and trade

On Monday, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said the government is expected to discuss a potential investment of $1 billion in a hydropower project in Bhutan during the visit.

The prime minister will unveil the foundation plaque of the Chancery of Bangladesh Embassy at Hejo.

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