Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering paid tribute to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on Tuesday.
He placed a wreath at the portrait of the Father of the Nation in front of the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 in the capital around 12:20pm.The Bhutanese premier also went round the museum.
“On behalf of the people and the Royal Government of Bhutan, I offer my humble respect and prayers to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for giving above the manacles of foreign exploitation and blessing the nation onto a path of unprecedented peace, prosperity and stability,” he wrote in the visitors’ book of the museum.
Earlier, Lotay Tshering paid respects to the Liberation War martyrs by placing a wreath at the National Mausoleum in Savar at 10:30am.
He arrived in Dhaka in the morning on a three-day state visit to join the celebrations of the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received her Bhutanese counterpart at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
A 19-gun salute was heralded in the air to welcome Lotay Tshering while he was given a guard of honour.Later, the Bhutanese Prime Minister went to the office of BIMSTEC Secretary General Ambassador Tenzin Lekphell from Bhutan where a lunch was hosted in his honour.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen also called on him at his Presidential Suite at InterContinental Dhaka where he is staying during the visit. Lotay Tshering attended a cultural programme and banquet hosted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in his honour at the Ball Room of Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel at night.
On Wednesday morning, he will hold high-level bilateral talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister’s Office where a number of memorandums of understanding (MoU) and agreements are expected to be signed between the two neighbouring countries.
Brac University Vice-chancellor Vincent Chang and Dr Md Mamun Khan of Sheikh Hasina Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery will also meet the Bhutanese Prime Minister at his Presidential Suite.
Lotay Tshering will go to Bangabhaban to pay a courtesy call on President Abdul Hamid at 4pm.
Later, he will deliver a speech as the guest of honour on the eighth-day function of the 10-day programmes to celebrate the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation at the National Parade Ground.
He will meet the Bhutanese community in Dhaka in Royal Bhutanese Embassy and attend a dinner hosted by the Ambassador of Bhutan.
Lotay Tshering will leave Dhaka for Thimphu on Thursday morning.