Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left Dhaka for New Delhi on a four-day official visit. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage departed from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:15am. It is scheduled to land at Palam Air Force Station in New Delhi at 10am (local time) on Thursday. During her visit, a number of bilateral instruments are likely to be signed to take the relationship between the two neighbouring nations to the next level of cooperation.
Sheikh Hasina will have a bilateral meeting with Narendra Modi and meet Indian President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday. She will also join the summit of World Economic Forum (WEF) as the chief guest. Over 800 leaders from 40 countries will take part in the India Economic Summit 2019 to be held on October 3-4 in New Delhi. The prime minister will attend WEF Country Strategy Dialogue on Bangladesh on Thursday and the WEF Closing Plenary on Friday, said sources at the Prime Minister’s Office.
On Thursday, she will also attend the WEF Country Strategy Dialogue on Bangladesh at Hotel Taj Palace and join a reception to be arranged in her honour at Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi. Along with this, she will also attend an interactive session with select CEOs of India and Inauguration of India-Bangladesh Business Forum (IBBF) at ITC Maurya and WEF Closing Plenary at Hotel Taj Palace. Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Heng Swee Keat will call Sheikh Hasina on Friday evening. In the morning, Indian External Affairs Minister Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will meet Sheikh Hasina at the place of latter’s residence at Hotel Taj Mahal.
On Sunday, Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Shyam Benegal, Director of Film on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, will separately meet the prime minister. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave Delhi for home at 8pm (local time) on Oct 6 by a VVIP flight of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines, which will land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11pm.