Vietnamese President due in city Sunday

DHAKA, March 1, 2018 (BSS) – Country is set to welcome Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, who is scheduled to arrive here on a three-day state visit on Sunday afternoon.

At the invitation of President M Abdul Hamid, the Vietnamese President is coming here with an aim to intensify the existing bilateral relations and promote trade and investment between the two countries, President’s Press Secretary M Joynal Abedin told BSS today.

President Hamid visited Vietnam in August 2015, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in November 2015 and Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in July 2017, he added.

On his arrival, President Hamid will welcome his Vietnamese counterpart at Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport at about 4 pm on the day.

After the ceremony, the Vietnam President will leave the airport for the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel where he will be staying during his visit, according to the programme schedule.

Quang’s official engagement will begin with the meeting of Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, MP, at the place of residence at about 5:30 pm on the day.

On Monday, he will lay a wreath at the National Memorial in Savar at about 8:00 am to pay homage to the 1971 Liberation War martyrs. The Vietnam President will plant a sapling there and also sign a visitor’s book.

He will visit the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi at 9:35 am and lay a wreath at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to pay respect to the memory of the greatest Bengali of all times.

The Vietnamese President is due to hold talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on different bilateral issues at the Prime Minister’s Office at about 10 am on the day. Some memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) or agreements are expected to be signed there.

The outcome of the talks is likely to be disclosed through a joint press statement.

As part of the programme schedule, Quang will visit the Jatiya Sangsad complex where Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury will hold a meeting with him at about 3:40 pm.

Earlier, Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon will pay a courtesy call on the Vietnam President at the Sonargaon Hotel at about 2:30 pm.

President of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Md. Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin will make a courtesy call on the Vietnamese President at the Palace of Residence at 3 pm.

President Quang will hold a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Abdul Hamid at Credentials Hall of Bangabhaban at about 7:30 pm. A cultural porgramme will be held in honour of him.

On March 6, the Vietnam President will hold a meeting with the head of Bangladesh-Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry at about 9:30 am.

He will attend another meeting of Vietnam-Bangladesh Business Forum and later will join the opening ceremony of “Vietnam Cultural Days in Bangladesh”.

The Vietnamese President will leave Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon. Foreign Minister will see him off at the airport