PM Hasina returns after state visit to Bhutan
Reazul Bashar, bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-04-20 10:56:15.0 BdST Updated: 2017-04-20 11:28:21.0 BdST
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is back home after her state visit to Bhutan.
The Druk Air special flight carrying her landed at Dhaka's Shahjalal International Airport around 9:30 am on Thursday.
Earlier she was seen-off at the Paro International Airport by Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Bangladesh Ambassador Jishnu Roy Choudhury.
During Hasina's three-day visit, Bangladesh signed six agreements and memoranda of understanding with its South Asian neighbour.
The prime minister inaugurated the ‘International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders’ at Royal Entertainment Hall in capital Thimphu on Wednesday and laid the foundation stone of the new chancery of the Bangladesh embassy.
Hasina’s three-day visit began on Tuesday when she was greeted by Tobgay at the airport in Paro. Later that day she met with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and Queen Jetsun Pema at Bhutan’s royal palace.
On Tuesday night the two prime ministers held bilateral talks on increasing cooperation between the two countries. Six agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed between the two countries after the talks.
The deals pertain to agriculture, avoidance of double taxation, culture and quality control of goods and allowing landlocked Bhutan the use of inland waterways.
According to Foreign Affairs Secretary Md Shahidul Hoque, the prime minister also asked for Bhutan’s support in recognising Mar 25 as International Genocide Day.
Tobgay, in turn, asked for Hasina’s support in the development of Bhutan’s health sector services and training and received the Bangladeshi prime minister’s assurances of her cooperation.
On Wednesday morning Hasina inaugurated the ‘International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders’ at the Royal Banquet Hall in Thimphu.
She led a discussion on dealing with issues of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders as part of the sustainable development goals later that day, accompanied by her daughter and Bangladesh Autism Affairs Committee Chairman Saima Wazed Hossain.
In the afternoon the prime minister attended a ceremony unveiling the plans for the new Bangladesh embassy in Thimphu. The land for the embassy was signed over to Bangladesh Minister for Foreign Affairs AH Mahmood Ali by his Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji.
Sheikh Hasina departed Bhutan on Thursday morning, concluding her visit.
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