Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Male, the capital of Maldives, today on her maiden six-day bilateral visit at the invitation of Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
"A special VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her entourage members departed from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka at 12.11 PM," PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS this afternoon.
During her visit, four instruments including two Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) are likely to be signed on December 23.
The four proposed deeds are - Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income, Agreement on the Transfer of Prisoners, MoU in the areas of Health Care and Medical Sciences between Bangladesh and Maldives (renewal) and MoU between Bangladesh and Maldives on Cooperation in the Area of youth and Sports Development.
Besides, the MoU on Recruitment of Qualified Health Professionals between Bangladesh and the Maldives will be renewed.
During the visit, the Bangladesh will gift 13 military vehicles to the Maldives as a token of friendship between the two south Asian nations.
On December 23, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be formally received by Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih while a guard of honor will be accorded to the Bangladesh's head of the government.
After the meeting, concerned officials of the two countries will sign the instruments in the presence of the Bangladesh prime minister and the Maldivian president.
A joint statement will be issued while the two leaders will jointly appear in front of media.
During the visit, Maldivian Vice President Faisal Naseem, Speaker of the People's Majlis, Maldivian National Parliament, Mohammed Nasheed, and Chief Justice Uz Ahmed Muthasim Adnan are expected to pay courtesy call on the Bangladesh premier at the Meeting Room of Hotel Jen, Male.
The prime minister will address the Maldives parliament on December 23 afternoon.
In the evening, Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to attend a state banquet to be hosted by the Maldivian President and the country's First Lady in her honor.
On December 24, the prime minister will join virtually a community reception to be accorded by the Bangladeshi expatriates in Male.
The premier is scheduled to reach Dhaka on December 27.