PM returns home


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here this afternoon wrapping up her maiden six-day bilateral visit to the Maldives.

“A special VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage members arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka at 5:30 pm,today ” told Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim.

Earlier, the flight departed from the Velana International Airport at 1:20 pm (Maldives local time) on Monday.

The prime minister reached Maldives on December 22 at the invitation of the country’s President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

On the second day of her visit on December 23, two MoUs on Recruitment of Qualified Health Professionals and Cooperation in the Areas of Youth and Sports Development and an agreement on the Elimination of Double Taxation with Respect to the Taxes on Income and the Prevention of Tax Evasion and Avoidance were signed.

Apart from this, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the areas of Healthcare and Medical Sciences was renewed between Bangladesh and Maldives’ health ministries.

Bangladesh also gifted 13 military vehicles to the Maldives as a token of friendship between the two South Asian nations.

A joint communiqué was issued following the bilateral talks and the handing over ceremony of the instruments.

During the visit, the Bangladesh premier had separate meetings with the Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Maldivian Vice-President Faisal Naseem, Speaker of the People’s Majlis, national parliament, Mohammed Nasheed and Chief Justice Uz Ahmed Muthasim Adnan.

The prime minister addressed the Maldives parliament on December 23 afternoon.

Sheikh Hasina attended a state banquet hosted by the Maldivian President and the country’s First Lady in her honor.

On December 24, she joined a virtual community reception accorded by the Bangladeshi expatriates in Male.