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Bhutanese PM leave Bangladesh after 4-day visit

  • Published at 01:40 pm April 15th, 2019
Bhutanese Premier Dr Lotay Tshering
Bhutanese Premier Dr Lotay Tshering AFP

The Bhutanese premier visited his friends from Mymensingh Medical College and met with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Bhutanese Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering has departed Bangladesh after concluding his four-day official visit that focused on exploring more connectivity and business opportunities between Dhaka and Thimphu.

Dr Lotay left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport by a Druk Air flight at 9:25 am on Monday, reports BSS.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen and State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman and other dignitaries saw him off at the airport.

Dr Lotay, who is an alumnus of Mymensingh Medical College, made his maiden visit at the invitation of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, after taking his office as Bhutan's prime minister last year.

During the visit, official talks were held between the prime ministers of Bangladesh and Bhutan at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Saturday, amid an atmosphere of great warmth and cordiality reflecting the excellent bilateral relations and friendship between the two countries.

Bangladesh and Bhutan agreed in principle to work on allowing duty-free and quota-free access of a number of their products to each other’s market for mutual interests.

“Bhutan has sought duty and quota free access of its 16 products to Bangladesh market, while Bangladesh has sought such access of its 10 goods to Bhutanese market during the official talks of the two countries held today,” Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said while briefing reporters after the talks between the two premiers.

The two leaders expressed their contentment over the excellent state of their bilateral relations, the strong foundations of which were laid by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.

The two prime ministers recognized the new heights of the bilateral relations that have been reached in the last decade under the leadership of both countries and reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen and consolidate the relations between Bangladesh and Bhutan.

After the bilateral talks, Bangladesh and Bhutan have signed five agreements on strengthening their cooperation in the areas of health, agriculture, shipping, tourism and public administration training.

The Bhutanese premier also called on Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban and attended a banquet dinner hosted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Besides, Dr Lotay held meetings with Bangladesh foreign, commerce, health and shipping ministers separately.

He also held meetings with the leaders of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) where he said Bhutan is highly keen on developing the existing trade relations with Bangladesh and also wants to explore further trade potentials. 

The Bhutanese prime minister also joined one of the Bangali New Year celebration programs to greet the countrymen in the capital.

During the visit that started on Friday, Dr Lotay spent half of yesterday at Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital from where he had received his MBBS degree under foreign student quota.