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Red carpet rolled out as Nepal's President Devi Bhandari arrives in Dhaka

  • Published at 11:16 am March 22nd, 2021
Nepal Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari President Md Abdul Hamid
Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid welcomes his Nepalese counterpart Bidya Devi Bhandari with a bouquet at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Monday, March 22, 2021 PID

The Nepali president is the third among the world leaders to attend the celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence and the birth centenary of Bangabandhu

The red carpet has been rolled out as Nepal's President Bidya Devi Bhandari arrived in Dhaka on a two-day official visit.

A VVIP aircraft of Nepal Airlines (A320), carrying the president along with her entourage members, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10am on Monday.

It is the first visit of a Nepali president to Dhaka. The Himalayan country's president is visiting Bangladesh at the invitation of her Bangladeshi counterpart.

The Nepali president became the third among the world leaders to attend the celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh's independence and the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Maintaining the health guidelines due to pandemic Covid-19 outbreak, President Md Abdul Hamid received his Nepali counterpart with a bouquet at the airport at 10:17am.

The visiting delegation members also maintained health rules, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, on the occasion.

The Nepali president was given a guard of honour with 21-gun salute by a smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy, and Air Force at the airport.

Abdul Hamid and his Nepali counterpart Bhandari enjoyed the state honour staying on the makeshift saluting dais while the national anthem of the respective states was played.

The state guest also inspected the parade and subsequently both the presidents introduced the respective countries delegation to each other.

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Nepali president entourage includes president's daughter Usha Kiran Bhandari, Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and secretaries concerned and senior officials of the Nepalese government.

On the occasion, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque, Railways Minister Md Nurul Islam Sujan, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira, among others, were present at the airport.

Besides, the cabinet secretary, chiefs of the three services, principal secretary to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), foreign secretary, inspector general of police (IGP) and secretaries concerned to the President's Office were also present.

The Nepali president will pay rich tributes to the martyrs of the Liberation War of Bangladesh by placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar.

Bidya Devi will sign the visitors' book and plant a sapling there.

Subsequently, she will visit Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi Road 32 to pay tributes to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the greatest Bangali of all times.

Later in the afternoon, the Nepali president will attend the National Parade Square function at Tejgaon as the guest of honour where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will receive her.

A Foreign Ministry source said President Bhandari is scheduled to deliver a statement on the occasion of Bangabandhu's birth centenary.

She will pay a courtesy call on her Bangladeshi counterpart Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban.

In the evening, she will sign a visitors' book there and is scheduled to enjoy a cultural function followed by dinner at the state dining hall.

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