Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for Male this noon on a six-day official visit to the Maldives to strengthen the existing bilateral ties, boost trade and connectivity and enhance cooperation in health, manpower and tourism sectors.
Sheikh Hasina is going to the Maldives, an archipelagic country in the Indian Ocean, at the invitation of Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
The flight is scheduled to reach Velana International Airport in Male at 3:00pm local time.
The premier will be received by the Maldivian state minister for foreign affairs.
During her visit, the two countries are set to sign six instruments tomorrow.
Four of the proposed deals are: Agreement on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income; Agreement on the Transfer of Prisoners; Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the areas of healthcare and medical sciences (renewal) and MoU 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 Prime Minister’s visit, Bangladesh will gift 13 military vehicles to the Maldives as a token of friendship between the two South Asian nations.
On the same day, the premier will hold a bilateral meeting with the Maldivian President at the Presidential Palace to discuss various issues.
After the meeting, senior officials of the two countries will sign the agreements and MoUs in the presence of the two leaders.
A joint statement will also be issued while the two leaders will jointly address media on the outcome of the visit.
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 calls on the Bangladesh premier at the Meeting Room of Hotel Jen, Male.
The Bangladesh Prime Minister will address the Maldives parliament tomorrow afternoon.
The People’s Majlis in its extraordinary sitting on December 19 extended an invitation to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to address the parliament.
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 honour.
On Friday, the Prime Minister will join virtually a community reception accorded by the Bangladeshi expatriates in Male.
Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to return home on December 27.