Dhaka – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka Sunday for Bandar Seri Begawan on a three-day visit to Brunei to hold official talks with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah.
A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage members took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the morning.
Senior minister sand high civil and military officials saw the prime minister off at the airport.
On the first day of her visit, Hasina will join a community reception to be hosted in her honour by the expatriate Bangladeshis in Brunei at Indera Samudera Ballroom of Empire Hotel and Country Club.
On Monday, Hasina will have a general audience with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Royal family at Cheradi Laila Kenchana at the Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan.
She is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with the Sultan at Baitul Mesyuarah in Istana Nurul Iman. The talks will be followed by signing ceremony of memorandum of understanding.
In the afternoon, the prime minister will join a meeting between Bangladesh Business Community and Brunei Business Community and Brunei National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Hasina will attend official banquet to be hosted in her honour by the Sultan at Istana Nurul Iman.
The prime minister will lay the foundation stone of new Chancery Building of Bangladesh High Commission at the Diplomatic Enclave at Jalan Kebangsaan in Brunei capital on Tuesday.
Later, she will visit Royal Regalia Museum.
Hasina will return to Dhaka on Tuesday evening.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh will discuss with Brunei about safe repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar from Bangladesh during the visit.
“Wherever we are going, we are raising the Rohingya repatriation issue with highest importance… so it will also get priority during the Brunei visit in particular as they (Brunei) are member of ASEAN,” he said.
Brunei is a Southeast Asian country consisting of two unconnected parts with a total area of 5,765 square kilometres on the island of Borneo. It has 161 kilometres of coastline next to the South China Sea, and it shares a 381 km border with Malaysia.
Brunei is one of the richest countries of the world thanks to its bountiful oil and gas.