PM at Goa to attend BRICS-BIMSTEC Summit

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 08:40, Oct 16,2016 | Updated: 13:41, Oct 16,2016

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina

Indian minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar receives prime minister Sheikh Hasina at airport as she reaches Goa to attend BRICS-BIMSTEC summit.—Indian MEA photo

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, arrived in India on Sunday morning to join the BRICS-BIMSTEC Leaders' Outreach Summit.

The two-day summit kicked off in the Indian southwest state, Goa, on Saturday with the theme 'BRICS-BIMSTEC: A Partnership in Opportunities'. It is being organised on the sidelines of BRICS Summit that began on Saturday.

A VVIP flight of Bangladesh Biman carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at Goa Naval Base Airport at 10:15am (Local time).

Indian state minister for external affairs MJ Akbar, minister for science and technology of Goa Alina Saldanha, secretary (coordination) of the government of Goa Padma Jaiswal, Bangladesh high commissioner in New Delhi Syed Moazzem Ali, and deputy high commissioner of Bangladesh to Mumbai Samina Naz received the prime minister at the airport.

At the airport, Sheikh Hasina was given a static guard of honour by members Indian Armed Forces, while artistes displayed local cultural activities. Later, the prime minister, in a ceremonial motorcade, was escorted to Hotel The Leela Goa, where she will be staying during her visit.

The Bangladesh prime minister will attend BIMSTEC Leaders' Retreat and BRICS-BIMSTEC Leaders' Outreach Summit this afternoon at the invitation of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Earlier, the prime minister along with her entourage left for India by the Biman VVIP flight at 8:00am from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport. Ministers, high civil and military officials saw the prime minister off at the airport.

Heads of state and government of other BIMSTEC member states will also attend the Outreach Summit.

During the visit, the prime minister will have a bilateral meeting with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Before the talks, she will attend dinner to be hosted for BIMSTEC leaders. 

The bilateral meeting is likely to last for 30 minutes from 9:00pm to 9:30pm that will cover the whole range of bilateral issues, an official said quoting the programme schedule.

Earlier on Friday, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi said the first-ever BIMSTEC outreach meeting with its leaders will be a significant event and hoped that it will yield dividends for all.

‘The outreach with BIMSTEC leaders is significant. We hope to tap the huge potential for cooperation and the dividends this will bring,’ he tweeted.

Modi, in separate tweets, said India is facilitating an outreach Summit with BIMSTEC leaders of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh prime minister will attend lunch to be hosted by Goa chief minister Lakshmikant Parsekar at Jamawar Terrace. 

She will also attend retreat meeting of the BIMSTEC leaders which will be held at 3:45pm to 4:30pm.

The prime minister will return home on Monday morning.

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