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PM flies to Brunei on three-day official visit

Published: April 21, 2019 11:07:27 | Updated: April 21, 2019 16:02:10


Ministers, cabinet secretary, the dean of the diplomatic corps, chiefs of the three services, and high civil and military officials saw the prime minister off at the airport — Focus Bangla photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left Dhaka for Brunei Darussalam on a three-day official visit when the two countries are expected to sign seven Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs).

A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage members left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:25am on Sunday.

The Prime Minister is making the tour at the invitation of Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah.

Six of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) will be signed to strengthen cooperation in the areas of agriculture, art and culture, youth and sports, fisheries, livestock, and energy sectors while another MoU is yet to be finalised, says a UNB report.

The Prime Minister will be received by Crown Prince of Brunei Darussalam Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah at Brunei International Airport at around 2:45pm (local time).

After an official welcome ceremony, she will be escorted to Empire Hotel & Country Club where she will be staying during her visit, according to the schedule.

On Sunday, she will attend a community event and join dinner to be hosted by High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Brunei at the Empire Hotel.

On Monday, Sheikh Hasina will have a general audience with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah and the Royal Family at Istana Nurul Iman, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei.

She will then hold bilateral talks with the Sultan there before the signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said this while briefing reporters recently at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Prime Minister's visit to Brunei.

Momen said the visit will help expand bilateral cooperation in a number of areas, including trade, investment, energy, human resource development, tourism, agriculture and technical cooperation apart from strengthening the existing friendly relations between the two countries.

The Foreign Minister said the visit will also help improve Bangladesh's relations with Southeast Asian nations through boosting effective cooperation.

He mentioned that Brunei is one of the member states of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

The minister said the visit will also help Bangladesh gain effective support from Brunei and other Southeast Asian nations on various regional and international important issues, including solution to Rohingya crisis.

Sheikh Hasina will open the meeting of leaders of Bangladesh Business Community and Brunei Business Community and Brunei National Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the place of her residence on Monday afternoon.

The Prime Minister will later visit the Jame Asr Mosque and offer Asr prayers there.

She will go to the Istana Nurul Iman Palace again to attend official Banquet.

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister will attend the foundation stone-laying ceremony of new chancery building of Bangladesh High Commission at the Diplomatic Enclave in Jalan Kebangsaan.

Then she will visit the Royal Regalia Museum located in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei.

The Prime Minister will leave the Brunei International Airport for Dhaka by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Tuesday afternoon.
 

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