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Bangladesh rolls out red carpet as Indonesian President Widodo arrives

  • Published at 10:30 pm January 27th, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:49 am January 28th, 2018
Bangladesh rolls out red carpet as Indonesian President Widodo arrives
A red carpet was rolled out at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday afternoon on a two-day visit. Joko Widodo arrived in Dhaka at the invitation of President Md Abdul Hamid. On his arrival at the airport by a special flight of Republic Indonesia at 4:20pm, the Indonesian President was received by his Bangladesh counterpart and his wife First Lady Rashida Khanam. A smartly turned out contingent comprising members of Bangladesh Army, Air Force and Bangladesh Navy gave guard of honour to the Indonesian President. He was welcomed with a 21-gun salute. Cabinet members, including Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, and secretaries concerned to the President's House, the dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the chiefs of the three services, and the inspector general of police were present. Two tiny tots presented bouquets to the Indonesian president and his wife Iriana Widodo. After the warm reception at the airport, he was taken to Sonargaon hotel in a ceremonial motorcade where he will be staying during the visit. Foreign Minister Ali will meet the Indonesian President at Sonargaon Hotel at 6:30pm on Saturday. President Hamid will host dinner in honour of his Indonesian counterpart at Bangabhaban in the evening. On Sunday morning, the Indonesian president will visit Savar National Mausoleum to pay homage to martyrs of Liberation War. He will also visit Bangabandhu Museum at Dhanmondi to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Munibur Rahman. Widodo will have official talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office at 10am on Sunday. Then he will leave for Cox's Bazar at 12:10pm to visit the Rohingya refugee camps. He will leave for Dhaka at 4:15pm. President Widodo will leave Dhaka for Afghanistan at 9am on Monday. The Indonesian president is scheduled to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues, including the Rohingya one, during his Bangladesh visit. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had visited Indonesia in 2015 and 2017, and invited the Indonesian President to visit Bangladesh. In September last, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi visited Dhaka and discussed the Rohingya issues.