Bangladesh rolled out the red carpet for Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering as he arrived in Dhaka yesterday morning on a four-day official visit.
The Bhutanese PM is making the visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, aiming to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in trade, inland waterways, health and agriculture sectors.
Hasina welcomed her Bhutanese counterpart at the VVIP terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport when the special flight of Royal Bhutan Airlines landed at 8:15am.
A child presented him a bouquet.
A joint contingent of army, navy and air force gave Tshering a guard of honour and state salute. National anthems of the two countries were played on the occasion.
Afterwards, the Bhutanese PM was taken to the InterContinental Dhaka where he and his entourage will stay during the visit.
Later in the day, he paid tributes to the Liberation War martyrs at the National Martyrs' Memorial in Savar.
He also paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by placing wreaths at his portrait at Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhanmondi.
On the first day, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen called on the Bhutanese PM at the Inter Continental.
In the afternoon, Tshering held a meeting with leaders of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI).
Today, Tshering will attend a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart at the Prime Minister's Office.
After the meeting, a number of bilateral instruments are expected to be signed by the two sides. They are -- cooperation on inland waterways for cargo transportation, cooperation in health and agriculture sectors and cooperation between public administration training centres of the two countries for exchange of faculty members as well as training and capacity building.
Tshering will meet President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban in the evening, and attend a banquet to be hosted by the PM at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Dhaka.
Tomorrow, which is the first day of Bangla calendar, he will attend a New Year celebration, to be organised by Surer Dhara at Bangabandhu International Conference Center.
Later, Tshering, an alumnus of Mymensingh Medical College, will fly to the district to visit his alma mater. He will address students there.
He will return to Dhaka the same day and meet Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi and Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque separately in the afternoon.
Tshering is also scheduled to visit Square Pharmaceuticals factory in Gazipur, Dharmarajika Buddhist Monastery Complex and Bhutanese embassy in Dhaka.
He is scheduled to have breakfast with Bhutanese students and citizens before leaving on Monday morning.