Red carpet rolled out as President reaches Guwahati


Guwahati, India, March 8, 2018 (BSS) – A red carpet was rolled out to welcome President M Abdul Hamid here this afternoon.

President Hamid arrived at Guwahati, Assam as part of his four-day India tour to join the “Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA)and Solar Summit – 2018” in New Delhi slated for March 11.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying the President and his entourage members, landed at Guwahati International Airport of Assam at about 1:44 pm (local time).

On his arrival at the airport, the President was received by Assamese Governor Jagdish Mukh, Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka, Bangladesh High Commissioner to New Delhi and concerned officials of Indian High Commission of Bangladesh here.

Earlier, the aircraft of Biman Bangladesh Airlines took off Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport, Dhaka, for Guwahati at 1:32 pm.

The President will stay at Viavanta by Taj in Assam where Assamese Governor Jagdish and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal are scheduled to pay a courtesy call on him.

The governor of Assam will host a dinner at Radisson in honour of Bangladesh President.

On Friday morning, the President will leave Guwahati for Balat by a helicopter of Indian Air Force. He is scheduled to visit Tagore’s residence in Shilong and Labon in the afternoon.

The Bangladesh President will visit various places of the Indian state of Meghalaya, where he stayed during the 1971 Liberation War.

Abdul Hamid has many memories in Assam and Meghalaya in the late seventies as he was a sub-sector commander of Bangladesh Liberation Forces (Mujib Bahini) there during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.

He organized the Bangladeshi youths who took shelter at Gughat, Moilam and Balat of Meghalaya in India with the spirit of freedom struggle against the then Pakistani occupation forces. He also constituted a “Youth Reception Camp” under the directive of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and worked as its president during the Liberation War.

On Saturday, President Hamid will fly to New Delhi where Indian President Ram Nath Kovind would host a dinner party for his Bangladeshi counterpart at Rastrapati Bhaban.

He will join the founding ceremony of International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the Cultural Center of Presidential Building in New Delhi on Sunday. He is scheduled to address the plenary session of the ISA Summit 2018.

The Bangladesh President will attend a lunch to be hosted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi.

He is scheduled to return home on March 12.