PM Hasina leaves Maldives for home

The VVIP flight carrying the premier left Male at 2:20pm Bangladesh time

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Maldives for home on Monday wrapping up her maiden six-day bilateral visit.

"A special VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage members departed from the Velana International Airport at 1:20pm (Maldives local time) on Monday," Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS.

The flight is scheduled to arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka in the afternoon.

The prime minister reached Maldives on December 22 at the invitation of the country's President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

On the second day of her visit on December 23, two MoUs on Recruitment of Qualified Health Professionals and Cooperation in the Areas of Youth and Sports Development and an agreement on the Elimination of Double Taxation with Respect to Taxes on Income and the Prevention of Tax Evasion and Avoidance were signed.

Apart from this, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the areas of Healthcare and Medical Sciences was renewed between Bangladesh and Maldives' Health Ministries.

Bangladesh also gifted 13 military vehicles to the Maldives as a token of friendship between the two South Asian nations.

A joint communiqué was issued following the bilateral talks and the handing over ceremony of the instruments.

During the visit, the Bangladesh premier had separate meetings with Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Maldivian Vice-President Faisal Naseem, Speaker of the People's Majlis Mohammed Nasheed and Chief Justice Ahmed Muthasim Adnan.

The prime minister addressed the Maldives parliament on December 23.

Sheikh Hasina attended a state banquet hosted by the Maldivian president and the country's first lady in her honor.

On December 24, she joined a virtual community reception accorded by the Bangladeshi expatriates in Male

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