PM reaches Maldives

PM reaches Maldives


MALE (MALDIVES), Dec 22, 2021 (BSS) –


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today

arrived here on her maiden six-day bilateral visit to Maldives at the
invitation of Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

   “A special VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina and her entourage members landed at the Velana
International Airport at 3pm local time,” said Prime Minister’s Press
Secretary Ihsanul Karim.

   Maldivian state minister for foreign affairs received the prime minister.

   Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Health and Family Welfare Minister
Zahid Maleque and Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran
Ahmad are accompanying the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

  Later, the premier was escorted to the place of residence in a ceremonial

   Earlier, the flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines took off from Hazrat
Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) at 12.10pm today.

  During her visit, four instruments including two Memorandum of
Understandings (MoUs) are likely to be signed tomorrow (December 23).

   The four proposed deeds are — Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation
and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income, Agreement
on the Transfer of Prisoners, MoU in the areas of Health Care and Medical
Sciences between Bangladesh and Maldives (renewal)and MoU between Bangladesh
and Maldives on Cooperation in the Area of youth and Sports Development.

  Besides, the MoU on Recruitment of Qualified Health Professionals between
Bangladesh and the Maldives will be renewed.

  During the visit, Bangladesh will gift 13 military vehicles to the Maldives
as a token of friendship between the two South Asian nations.

   On December 23, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be formally received by
Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih while a guard of honor will be
accorded to the Bangladesh’s head of the government.

   On the same day, the Bangladesh premier will have a bilateral meeting with
the Maldivian president to discuss various issues at the Presidential Palace.

  After the meeting, concerned officials of the two countries will sign the
instruments in presence of the Bangladesh prime minister and the Maldivian president.

  A joint statement will be issued while the two leaders will jointly appear
in front of media.

   During the visit, Maldivian Vice President Faisal Naseem, Speaker of the
People’s Majlis, Maldivian National Parliament, Mohammed Nasheed, and Chief
Justice Uz Ahmed Muthasim Adnan are expected to pay courtesy call on the
Bangladesh premier at the Meeting Room of Hotel Jen, Male.

  The prime minister will address the Maldives parliament on December 23

  In the evening, Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to attend a state banquet to be
hosted by the Maldivian President and the country’s First Lady in her honor.

   On December 24, the prime minister will join a virtual community reception
to be accorded by the Bangladeshi expatriates in Male.

   The premier is scheduled to return Dhaka on December 27.