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PM Hasina to make historic first official visit to Thailand

  • Scheduled to attend 80th Session of Commission for UNESCAP
  • Meet Thailand PM on April 26
Update : 18 Apr 2024, 09:46 AM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to Thailand will be an official one at the invitation of her counterpart Srettha Thavisin from April 24 to 29.

This will be the first-ever visit at the level of head of government from Bangladesh to Thailand since establishment of diplomatic relations in 1972, both sides said in a joint statement.

This will also be her first official visit to any country after assuming power for the fourth straight terms.

"The visit is significant for both Bangladesh and Thailand as it will open new windows of cooperation between the two friendly countries."

Earlier, it was known that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to attend 80th Session of the Commission for UNESCAP.

She will deliver a speech at UNESCAP on 25 April.

On the same day, the under-secretary-general of the United Nations and executive secretary of the Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Armida Salsiah Alisjabana will call on the prime minister.

The prime minister would lead a high-level delegation which includes a number of ministers, adviser, secretaries and senior officials of the government.

After completing her UN engagements, on April 26, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be formally received by Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand Srettha Thavisin while a ceremonial guard of honour will be accorded to her.

On the same day, the Bangladesh premier will hold bilateral talks with Srettha Thavisin at the Government House.

During the visit, the prime minister will have Royal audience of King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua and Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshan at the Palace.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also scheduled to attend a state lunch to be hosted by her counterpart in her honour.

A number of agreement and MOUs are expected to be signed during the visit, the foreign ministry said.

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