Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari will arrive in Dhaka today on a two-day state visit to attend the ongoing twin grand celebrations and hold talks with Bangladesh leaderships to strengthen the bilateral relations.
Bangladesh has been celebrating the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence since March 17 through 10-day gala programmes at the National Parade Ground.The President of Nepal is coming to Bangladesh at the invitation of President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid.
She will lead a 27-member high level delegation, which includes Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and secretaries concerned and senior officials of the ministry, the President’s office and other ministries concerned.
The delegation will be accompanied by a 19-member cultural troupe.
A special flight carrying Nepalese President and her entourages is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 9:55am.
President Abdul Hamid will receive his Nepalese counterpart at the airport.
Twenty one-gun salute will be heralded in the air to welcome the President of Nepal and she will be offered guard of honour by a decorated team of Bangladesh Armed Force.From the airport, Nepalese President will go to the National Mausoleum at Savar to pay tribute to the martyrs of Bangladesh Liberation war by placing wreaths. She will sign the visitors’ book there and plant a sapling.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will call on Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari in her Presidential suite at InterContinental Dhaka where she will be staying during the visit.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen will also make a courtesy call on the Nepalese President at her hotel suite on the day.
Later, in the afternoon, the Nepalese President will deliver a statement on the theme of “Nepal-Bangladesh Relations and Bangabandhu’s Birth Centenary” as the Guest of Honour on Monday, the sixth day of a 10-day programme titled ‘Mujib Chironton’, at the National Parade Ground.
She will meet her Bangladeshi counterpart Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban at 8:00pm where two leaders will hold talks and a number of instruments between the two neighbouring countries will be signed.
Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid will host a banquet in honour of the President of Nepal and organise a cultural programme.
Upon the completion of the visit, she will leave Dhaka for Kathmandu on Tuesday afternoon.
In her long political career, Bidya Devi Bhandari was a member of the central committee of Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist) from 1997 to 2007.
She served the Vice Chairperson of the party from 2007-2015 and Chairperson of All Nepal Women Association from 2007 to October 2015.
Bhandari was a Member of Nepal Parliament in 1993, 1994 and 1999.
She was elected as the President of Nepal on October 28, 2015. Earlier, she also served as the Minister for Environment and Population in 1997 and Minister for Defence from 2010.
Bidya Devi Bhandari has contributed a lot in ensuring the women rights and rights of the marginalised people in Nepal.
She has played a key role to end the gender discrimination existing in the Nepalese society and it is due to her continuous advocacy for the equal rights to women, the constitution of Nepal has incorporated the provision of 33 percent participation of the women in all state structures.
She is the wife of late Madan Kumar Bhandari, a dignified character in the Nepalese political history who was the General Secretary of Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist).