Hasina reaches India to attend BIMSTEC outreach summit
October 16th, 2016 at 1:11 pm
Hasina reaches India to attend BIMSTEC outreach summit

Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday left Dhaka for Indian southwest state of Goa to attend BRICS-BIMSTEC Leaders’ Outreach Summit, officials said.

The prime minister reached Goa in the morning foreign ministry official said.

The Bangladeshi premier heads an over 50-member delegation in the two-day visit. Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office are among the delegation.

The two-day BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) and BIMSTEC (The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit being organised in Goa.

Members of the BIMSTEC are included Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The two-day BRICS Summit wraps up on Sunday.

The summit pins its theme as ‘BRICS-BIMSTEC: A Partnership in Opportunities’.

The Bangladeshi premier will join BIMSTEC Leaders retreat and BRICS-BIMSTEC Leaders’ Outreach Summit at 3:45pm of the day. A joint programme of the BRICS and BIMSTEC leaders has been scheduled at 4:35pm.

On the sidelines of the Summit, Hasina will hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the evening.

As per the programme schedule, Hasina will hold bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, Nepalese Premier Pushpa Kamal Dahal on the sidelines during her two-day visit to India.

Hasina is likely to address at the outreach meeting which will be participated by the seven leaders of BIMSTEC countries.

Minister for Science and Technology of India Alina Saldanha, Secretary (cooperation) of the government of Goa Padma Jaiswal and Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Mumbai Samina Naz will greet the prime minister at Goa Naval Airport.

Hasina is scheduled to return home on October 17.