PM holds talks with Vietnam president


DHAKA, March 5, 2018 (BSS) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina began bilateral
talks with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at her office here this
morning following a tete-a-tete.

“The two leaders had a tete-a-tete and then the official talks between the
two countries began . . . they are being aided by ministers and officials
concerned,” a premier’s office spokesman told BSS.

Some agreements or memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) are expected to be
signed after the talks between the two leaders, which will be followed by
delivering joint press statement by them.

Sheikh Hasina earlier received the Vietnamese President at the Tiger Gate
of the Prime Minister’s Office at 10 am with a bouquet.

Quang arrived here on Sunday on a three-day official visit at the
invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart M Abdul Hamid with an aim to promote
bilateral ties in different areas including economy, trade, investment,
agriculture, defence and security between the two countries.

This is a high-level visit of any Vietnamese leader in 14 years as former
President Tran Duc Luong toured Bangladesh in 2004. Vietnam was among the
first countries in the world to recognize Bangladesh’s independence.

The Vietnamese President’s official engagement began amid a meeting with
Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali on Sunday evening.

Earlier today, Quang laid a wreath at the National Memorial in Savar to
pay homage to 1971 Liberation War martyrs.

Later, he visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi and placed
a wreath at the portrait of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman to pay respect to the memory of the greatest Bangalee of all time.

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

Wrapping up his official visit here, the Vietnamese President is scheduled
to leave Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon.