The foreign guests were treated with various traditional delicacies including the winter pithas
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hosted a tea party at Ganabhaban in honour of foreign diplomats and heads of different missions and representatives of international organisations.
She hosted the tea party for them at the South Lawn of Ganabhaban, the official residence of the prime minister, on Monday afternoon.
The prime minister arrived at the venue at 4:10pm and exchanged pleasantries with the ambassadors, high commissioners and charge d’affaires of 48 countries as well as the heads of the missions and representatives of international organizations in Bangladesh.
She talked to the diplomats, heads of missions and representatives of the international bodies and inquired after their well being.
The diplomats greeted the premier by presenting her with bouquets separately.
Ambassadors, high commissioners and charge d’affaires of different countries including the USA, the UK, Canada, China, Russia, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, Germany, the UAE, Sweden, Italy, Vatican City, joined the tea party.
The heads of different foreign missions and international bodies like the United Nations, IMF, World Bank, the UNDP, UNHCR, WHO, WFP, ILO, IOM, UNICEF also attended the event.
Senior Awami League leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed and Dr SA Malek, AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, PM’s advisers HT Imam, Dr Moshiur Rahman, Maj Gen (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddiq and Salman F Rahman, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid Bipu, former minister Engineer Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, MP, were present, among others.
Besides, the prime minister’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain and Sheikh Rehana’s son Radwan Mujib Siddiq Bobby, prime minister’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Military Secretary Major General Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin, PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan and Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim were present.
The lash green South Lawn of Ganabhaban was tastefully decorated with kure ghar, madur (mat), mora and earthen pots and while patriotic songs were played on the occasion.
The guests were entertained with traditional foods and cakes of Bangladesh including chatpati, fuchka, muri, moa, naru, kadma, murali and bhapa, chitai, patisapta and puli pitha, zilapi, kebab, nan ruti.