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PM returns home from Jakarta

Update : 08 Mar 2017, 07:04 PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has returned home after concluding her three-day official visit to Indonesia. A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying the premier and members of her entourage landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3.05 pm Wednesday, reports BSS. The premier went to Jakarta on Monday to join the Leaders' Summit of Indian Ocean Rim Association (Iora). In her address to the summit on Tuesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged her fellow Iora leaders to dedicate themselves to strengthening maritime cooperation for a peaceful and prosperous Indian Ocean. The premier particularly proposed the setting up of a maritime university in Bangladesh to be called Indian Ocean Technical and Vocational University to create a pool of skilled mariners for the region. In the meeting with Joko Widodo, the Bangladesh Prime Minister requested the Indonesian president to play a role in sending back Myanmar refugees from Bangladesh. "Myanmar refugee issue has emerged as a big problem for Bangladesh and it needs to be resolved," the prime minister said. In the meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka agreed to expedite the process for signing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to boost bilateral trade. During the meeting with State Minister of UAE Dr Maitha Salem Al-Shamsi,Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged him to make the visa regime of his country easier for the Bangladeshi nationals, especially for business persons.
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