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French President Macron leaves Dhaka after whirlwind visit

  • Dhaka, Paris sign two bilateral instruments
  • He paid homage to Bangabandhu
Update : 12 Sep 2023, 01:01 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron left Dhaka on Monday afternoon after a whirlwind visit branding Bangladesh.

The president's aircraft took off at around 3pm from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport with Foreign Minister Dr Ak Abdul Momen and Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud saw off.

Unlike other heads of state, the president enjoyed Bangladeshi folk music in a musician's home and took a trip on the Turag River along the capital.

He met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a bilateral meeting and assured of France’s support in overcoming Bangladesh’s challenges on the way to grow further.

He signed two instruments related to the management of urban municipalities and building the first-ever earth observation satellite during his visit. Bangladesh also committed to buy 10 aircraft from Airbus.

This is the first visit of a French president since 1990.

Before his arrival, the Elysee Presidential Palace said the president would try to get away from the image of Bangladesh as a country plunged into poverty.

“Today, we see before us an emerging country that is looking to the rest of the world, one that has the capacity to become one of the 30 largest economies in the world by 2030. That is the goal that has been set, and the country can achieve it by following the current trend,” according to the Presidential Palace.

Macron during the dinner in his honour praised the leadership of the prime minister on preserving environments, and said: “And you can count on France, and our full support, in order to convince the countries mainly responsible for the emission of greenhouse gases, but also to help you with that."

He also visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi-32 to pay respect to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He arrived on Sunday night. The prime minister received him at the airport.

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