Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has arrived in Dhaka on a three-day state visit, highlighting the growing ties between the two countries.
A Sri Lankan Airlines flight carrying President Sirisena and his 73-member entourage landed at Shahjalal International Airport around 11:25am on Thursday, reports the UNB.
This is Sirisena's first official visit to Bangladesh since he was elected Sri Lankan President in 2015. He visited Bangladesh in 2013 and 2014 as Sri Lankan Health Minister.
President Abdul Hamid welcomed his Sri Lankan counterpart at the airport amid gun salute and guard of honour.
Upon arrival, the Lankan president was taken to Sonargaon Hotel in a ceremonial motorcade from where he will head for National Martyr's Memorial in Savar to pay respect to the martyrs of Liberation.
He will also attend a ceremony there at 3:40pm and will sign visitor's book in the presence of Housing and Public Works and Liberation War Affairs Ministers.
Later, he will visit Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi.
Prime Minister's family member Saima W Hossain, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and CEO of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust Mashura Hossain will receive the Lankan President at the museum at 4:40pm.
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Bangladesh president Abdul Hamid and his visiting Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena inspect a guard og honour of the elite Presidential Guard Regiment PID
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hold official talks with Sri Lankan President Sirisena at the Prime Minister's Office on Friday morning, according to the programme schedule.
Before the official talks, they will have tete-a-tete at the same venue from 10am Friday.
President Hamid Friday evening where President Hamid will host State banquet in honour of the Sri Lankan president at the Darbar Hall, Bangabhaban Friday evening.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, Opposition Leader in Parliament Raushan Ershad and Health Minister Mohammed Nasim will, among others, meet the Sri Lankan President.
Sirisena will address an economic dialogue Saturday morning which is to be attended by Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan business representatives.
He is scheduled to leave Dhaka at 1pm on Saturday by a Sri Lankan Airlines flight wrapping up his three-day visit.
On Wednesday, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said over 10 agreements and Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) are expected to be signed between the two countries.