Vietnam president Quang in city

United News of Bangladesh | Published at 05:27pm on March 04, 2018

President of Vietnam Tran Dai Quang arrived Dhaka on a three-day state visit on Sunday amid a rousing reception.

The Vietnamese president arrived Dhaka at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart Abdul Hamid with both the countries looking for a broader trade and investment ties.

President Abdul Hamid along with his wife Rashida Khanom received Tran Dai Quang and his spouse as he arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 3:52pm on Sundayby a special flight.

Cabinet members, including finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu, commerce minister Tofail Ahmed, agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury, foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali, dean of diplomatic corp, chiefs of three services, inspector general of police, secretary concerned to the president and civil and military high officials were present on the occasion.

A smartly turned out contingent comprising members of Bangladesh Army, Air Force and Bangladesh Navy gave guard of honour to the Vietnamese President. He was welcomed with a 21-gun salute.

Two tiny tots presented bouquets to President Tran Dai Quang.

After the warm reception at the airport, the Vietnamese president was taken to Sonargaon Hotel in a ceremonial motorcade where he will be staying during the visit.

Bangladesh is looking for broader trade and investment ties with Vietnam and is preparing to make the best use of the upcoming visit of the Vietnam President.

The two countries are likely to sign six to seven agreements and MoUs during the visit, officials said.

The Vietnamese president is scheduled to visit National Martyrs Memorial in Savar on Monday morning to pay respect to the Liberation War martyrs.

Later, he will visit Bangabandhu Museum in the city to pay respect to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

He will meet president Abdul Hamid and will hold official talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday.

The Vietnamese president will leave Dhaka at 3:00pm on Tuesday. Foreign minister Mahmood Ali will see him off at the airport.

Earlier, Bangladesh handed over an invitation letter from Bangladesh President during the first Foreign Office Consultations held in Dhaka in August 2017.