The red carpet was rolled out as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived in Dhaka last night on a three-day official visit to Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received her Malaysian counterpart and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:07 pm.
Later, Sheikh Hasina introduced the Malaysian premier with her Cabinet ministers, the chiefs of the three services, other senior civil and military officials at the VVIP terminal of the airport.
Two tiny tots welcomed the Malaysian Prime Minister, his wife and entourage with bouquets.
Najib and his wife were then taken to Sonargaon Hotel in a motorcade where he will be staying during the visit.
It is Najib’s first official visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart, Sheikh Hasina.
Najib Razak and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will jointly inaugurate ‘Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Memorial Specialised Hospital and Nursing College’ in Gazipur this morning.
He is also scheduled to visit the National Martyrs’ Monument at Savar and the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum during his visit.
After the inauguration, Razak will visit the Prime Minister’s Office in the afternoon. Later, he will meet President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban at 5:45pm today.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Engineer Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain will also meet Razak at his hotel suite today separately.
There are currently more than 320,000 Bangladeshis working in various sectors in Malaysia.
Since 2010, Bangladesh nationals working in Malaysia had sent home RM 3 billion (US$ 936036000 or Tk 72,680,148,212.11), the highest compared with workers from Indonesia (RM2.9 billion), Nepal (RM1.9 billion), India (RM625 million) and the Philippines (RM561 million).
The Malaysian premier arrived here after attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo.
Issues relating to manpower export from Bangladesh and Malaysian investment here are likely to dominate the agenda of official talks during Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit.
The Malaysian Prime Minister is scheduled to leave Dhaka tomorrow morning.