Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday returned home wrapping up her four-day visit to India where she witnessed signing of treaties and memorandum of understanding for cooperation in various areas with the next-door neighbor.
The Prime Minister arrived in Dhaka by a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight in the evening.
Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Political Affairs HT Imam and Awami League Presidium Member Muhammad Faruk Khan, among others, were present at the airport to welcome Hasina.
Later, leaders of Bangladesh Awami League and its associate bodies led by Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader greeted Sheikh Hasina by presenting flower bouquets at her official Ganabhaban residence when she reached there from the airport.
Indian State Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo saw the premier off at Indian Air Force’s Palam Station as her aircraft took off in the afternoon
Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Moazzem Ali and Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla were present during her departure, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
During her visit, the prime minister held official talks with her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and called on Indian President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari.
All India National Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushama Swaraj and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Mukherjee also called on her.
Dhaka and New Delhi signed 34 instruments in the forms of agreements, MoUs and bilateral documents after the two premiers’ talks at the ball room of the Hyderabad House.
Hasina paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi, the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India, by placing a wreath at his Samadhi in Rajghat.
The two prime ministers unveiled the Hindi edition of Bangabandhu’s autobiography “Unfinished Memoirs of Bangabandhu”.
Hasina honoured Indian Armed Forces members who embraced martyrdom in Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War. She visited Ajmer of Rajasthan and offered prayers at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.
At the fag-end of her tour, the Prime Minister joined a reception accorded by India Foundation and attended a business event in New Delhi.
It was Hasina’s maiden official visit to India after her present government was voted to power through the January 5 elections in 2014.
The premier last paid her official visit to India in January 2010 which was reciprocated by her Indian counterpart in June 2015.