Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

Kuwait PM accorded rousing reception

Kuwait PM accorded rousing reception
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receives her Kuwaiti counterpart Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on Tuesday. -pmo photo

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A red carpet was rolled out as Kuwait Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah arrived in the city on Tuesday on a three-day official visit at the invitation of his Bangla-desh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, reports UNB.
A special Emiri Aircraft (KUG005) carrying the Kuwait Prime Minister and his entourage landed at Hazarat Shahjalal International Airport at 5:09pm.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received the Kuwait Prime Minister near the VVIP Tarmac of the airport at 5:22pm, while a tiny tot presented him with a bouquet.
Accompanied by Sheikh Hasina, Kuwait Prime
Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak then proceeded towards the makeshift ‘Saluting Dais’ set up near the VVIP tarmac of the airport.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air Force gave a guard of honour and state salute to the Kuwait Prime Minister. He then took the salute from the decorated dais. The national anthems of the two countries were played on the occasion.
Later, the Kuwait Prime Minister inspected the guard.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina then introduced her cabinet colleagues and other dignitaries to the Kuwait PM at the presentation line. He also introduced his entourage to Sheikh Hasina.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc, PM’s Energy Advisor Dr Towfique-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid Bipu, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam were present on the occasion.
Besides, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, the chiefs of the three services, the PM’s principal secretary, inspector general of police, the dean of the diplomatic corps, the Kuwaiti Ambassador in Dhaka, the Bangladesh ambassador to Kuwait, the PM’s press secretary and high civil and military officials were also present at the airport.
After the warm reception at the airport, the Kuwaiti Premier was taken to Hotel Le Meridien Dhaka at the Airport Road in a ceremonial motorcade where he will be staying during the visit.
During his three-day high-profile visit, the Kuwaiti PM will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) this afternoon.
The talks would be followed by signing of a number of agreements between the two countries.
Before the talks, the two Prime Ministers will have tete-a-tete for 15 minutes at the same place.
Different bilateral and multilateral issues, including enhancing cooperation in trade and investment, manpower and defense sectors between the two countries would be the main focus in the talks.
Besides, three agreements relating to increasing Kuwait investment in Bangladesh, military cooperation and easing visa procedures for diplomatic and official passport holders are expected to be signed after the talks.
The Kuwaiti Prime Minister will pay a courtesy call on President Md Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban today evening. Before the meeting, he will witness the parliament session at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak will join a banquet to be hosted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Hotel Sonargaon today.
During his stay in Dhaka, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak will lay wreaths at National Mausoleum in Savar today morning to pay homage to the martyrs of country’s War of Liberation.
The Kuwait PM will place wreaths at the portrait of Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Bhaban in the city’s Dhanmondi area tomorrow morning to pay tributes to the architect of Bangladesh’s independence.
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Raushan Ershad will call on the Kuwait Prime Minister tomorrow at his hotel suite.
The high-profile entourage of Kuwait Prime Minister includes First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister, Ministry of Finance and Acting Minister of Oil Anas Khaled Al-Sabah, Education Minister Dr. Bader Hamad Al Eissa and Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Khaled Sueliman Al-Jarallah.
A high-powered trade and commercial delegation is also accompanying the visiting Kuwait Prime Minister to exchange views with the Bangladesh business leaders.
Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak will leave Dhaka tomorrow afternoon.