Published:  06:47 AM, 10 July 2024

Sheikh Hasina coming back to Dhaka one day earlier

Sheikh Hasina coming back to Dhaka one day earlier
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave the Chinese capital Beijing for Dhaka tonight after wrapping up her bilateral visit to China at the invitation of her Chinese counterpart. Sheikh Hasina is coming back to Bangladesh one day earlier. She was scheduled to return to Dhaka on Thursday. A special flight

(BG1704) of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage members, will depart Beijing Capital International Airport for home at 10 pm (local time) tonight and is scheduled to reach Dhaka at 1 am (Bangladesh time) on Thursday, Foreign Ministry sources said.

The Premier was earlier scheduled to leave Beijing for Dhaka on Thursday morning.

During her stay in Beijing, the Bangladesh Prime Minister will have meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping alongside a delegation level bilateral meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang today.

Her visit to China from July 8 to 10 will end with holding a bilateral meeting with Xi Jinping today afternoon.

The visit is believed to elevate the relations between Bangladesh and China to "comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership" from "strategic partnership".

Bangladesh and China are likely to sign 20 to 22 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) today.

"The MoUs on cooperation in the economic and banking sector, trade and investment, digital economy, infrastructure development, assistance in disaster management, construction of 6th and 9th Bangladesh-China friendship bridges, export of agricultural products from Bangladesh and people to people connectivity are likely to be signed," Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said on Sunday at a curtain raiser press conference at the Foreign Ministry.

During the visit, Sheikh Hasan said inauguration of a number of projects of the two countries will also be announced.
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Bangladesh in October 2016 when the relationship between the two countries had reached a strategic partnership.
Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina last visited Beijing in July, 2019. She also visited China on multiple prior occasions.

The two countries would celebrate the golden jubilee of the diplomatic relations next year.

This visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to China is taking place within 15 days after her last visit to India from June 21 to 22.
On July 9, the second day of Sheikh Hasina's visit to China, President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Jin Liqun paid a courtesy call on her at the Meeting Room of her Place of Residence.

Afterwards, the Prime Minister joined a summit on Trade, Business and Investment Opportunities between Bangladesh and China at the China World Summit Wing, Shangri-La Circle, Beijing, China.

In the afternoon, a meeting was held between the prime minister and the president of Consultative Party Wang Huning at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.

The Prime Minister later placed a floral wreath at the Monument to the People's Heroes at Tiananmen Square.

In the evening, she attended a dinner hosted in her honour by Ambassador of Bangladesh to China at Bangladesh House in Beijing.

On July 10, a delegation level bilateral meeting led by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Premier of the State Council of China Li Qiang will be held at the Great Hall of the People where numerous documents that include Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) will be signed in their presence.

She will later attend a welcome banquet (lunch) in honour of her hosted by the premier of the State Council of China at the same venue.
Today afternoon, the Bangladesh Prime Minister will pay a call on Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

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