PM leaves for Bhutan Tuesday

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave for Bhutan on Tuesday (April 18) on a three-day state visit to attend an international conference on autism.

A VVIP flight (KB-303) of Royal Bhutanese airlines, Drukair, carrying the premier and her entourage members will leave Dhaka Airport around 10:35 am, Foreign Ministry sources said.

Prime Minister’s entourage will include Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Adviser on international affairs Gowher Rizvi, and PM’s daughter and also Chairperson of the Bangladesh National Advisory Committee on autism and neuro-developmental related disorders Saima Wazed Hossain.

The Premier is expected to reach Bhutan’s Paro international airport in the capital Thimpu around 11:35am.

Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Bangladesh Ambassador in Thimphu Jishnu Roy Choudhury will receive the premier at the airport with traditional scarf and flower.

Later, the prime minister will be given a guard of honour.

From the airport, a ceremonial motorcade would escort to her at her place of residence, Le Meridien Thimphu, where she would be received by the chairman, Royal Privy Council of Bhutan.

The prime minister will be ceremonially received at Tashichhodzong, the Royal Palace in the afternoon to meet with Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema.

Later around 5:00pm, Sheikh Hasina will hold a meeting with her Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay. The meeting will be followed by signing of MoUs by two countries at Royal Banquet Hall.

On Wednesday morning, Sheikh Hasina will join the opening ceremony of the “International Conference on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders” at Royal Banquet Hall.

After that, Sheikh Hasina will unveil the foundation stone plaque of the Chancery of Bangladesh Embassy at Hejo.

In the afternoon, Sheikh Hasina chair the high-level discussion titled “Enabling countries to successfully address autism and other neuro-developmental disorders as part of their Sustainable Development Goals”.

The prime minister will join a private dinner to be hosted by the Bhutanese King and Queen at Lingkana Palace in the evening.

On Thursday morning, Sheikh Hasina will return home after wrapping up her three-day visit to Bhutan.

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