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Sheikh Hasina to make ‘state visit’ to India on Sep 5-8

Published : 01 Sep 2022 10:31 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay a ‘State Visit’ to New Delhi, India from 5 to 8 September at the invitation of her counterpart Narendra Modi.

She will be formally received by Indian President Droupadi Murmu while a ceremonial guard of honor will be accorded to her.

She would lead a high-level delegation which includes a number of Ministers, Advisers, Secretaries and senior officials of the government, the foreign ministry said. Representatives from business bodies of Bangladesh would also accompany the Prime Minister during the visit.

“The visit is significant for both Bangladesh and India as it will open new windows of cooperation between the two friendly countries,” said the foreign ministry.

During the visit, the Prime Minister will pay homage at Rajghat in honour of Mahatma Gandhi. She is also expected to call on the Vice President of India, Jagdeep Dhankhar.

On the same day, the Bangladesh premier will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi at the Hyderabad House.

She is also scheduled to attend a state lunch to be hosted by the Prime Minister in her honor.

The Minister of External Affairs and some other dignitaries are expected to pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister during her stay in New Delhi. A number of Agreements and MOUs are expected to be signed during the State Visit.

Sheikh Hasina is also scheduled to attend a business event being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

Later on, she is expected to award the Mujib Scholarship, an initiative of the Government of Bangladesh, for the descendants of 200 Indian Armed Forces personnel who were martyred and critically injured during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

The premier is scheduled to return to Dhaka on 8 September.

Sheikh Hasina is paying this State Visit to India after a long interval of three years since she last visited in 2019 before the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.