Dhaka – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday started her four-day visit to India to discuss a host of issues including defence cooperation between the next-door neighbours.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received his Bangladeshi counterpart as she landed at Indian Air Force’s Palam Station in New Delhi along with her entourage
Indian State Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriya and Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Moazzem Ali were also present.
A ceremonial motorcade escorted the Bangladesh Prime Minister to Rastrapati Bhaban where she will be staying during the visit to be ended on Monday.
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushama Swraj is scheduled to meet Hasina at the presidential palace.
Hasina is scheduled to hold official talks with Narendra Modi on Saturday at the Hyderabad House after the two leaders take part in a tete-e-tete.
Prior to the meeting Hasina will be given an official reception at Rastrapati Bhaban. She will also pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.
After the bilateral talks between Hasina and Modi, Dhaka and New Delhi will sign a number of agreements and Memorandum of Understanding at ball room of the Hyderabad House. The two prime ministers will witness the signing and exchange of the instruments.
Hasina will later unveil the Hindi edition of autobiography of Bangladesh’s independence architect Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman “Unfinished Memoirs of Bangabandhu” at a ceremony.
She is scheduled to join a banquet to be hosted by Indian Prime Minister in her honour.
In the afternoon, she will attend a function at Manekshaw Centre to honour Indian Armed Forces members who embraced martyrdom in Bangladesh’s War of Liberation in 1971.
In the afternoon, the prime minister will meet Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari.
Hasina will visit the dargah (shrine) of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer to offer prayers on Sunday.
All India National Congress President Sonia Gandhi will call on Prime Minister Hasina at Rastrapati Bhaban after she returns to New Delhi in the afternoon.
Hasina will meet Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at Rastrapati Bhaban in the evening.
Later, she will enjoy a cultural programme at Ashoka Hall of Rastrapati Bhaban and attend a banquet to be hosted by the Indian president in her honour.
Hasina will join a reception to be hosted by India Foundation in her honour and attend a business programme at Hotel Tajmahal on Monday.
The prime minister will leave New Delhi for home in the afternoon and reach Dhaka at night.
It will be Hasina’s maiden official visit to India after her present government was voted to power on January 5 elections in 2014. Hasina visited New Delhi last in January 2010.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, Law Minister Anisul Haque, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, PM’s Economic Affairs Advisor Moshiur Rahman and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam have been accompanying Hasina.
A media delegation comprising senior journalists and a business delegation led by FBCCI President Abdul Matlub Ahmad are also accompanying the prime minister.