PM Sheikh Hasina off to Bhutan on 3-day state visit

PM Sheikh Hasina off to Bhutan on 3-day state visit

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Dhaka, Apr 18 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Thimphu on Tuesday on a three-day state visit to Bhutan.
A Druk Air VVIP flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Thimphu at 10.50 am. The flight is scheduled to reach Paro International Airport in the Bhutanese capital at 11.35 am (Local time).During the visit, Sheikh Hasina will also hold meetings with Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and discuss bilateral and regional issues, which will be followed by signing of six bilateral agreements between the Bangladesh Prime Minister and her Bhutanese counterpart.
A decision is expected to come on 1,125-megawatt Dorjilung Hydropower Project in Lhuentse. The hydropower project is a trilateral cooperation among Bhutan, Bangladesh and India, in which Bangladesh will invest $1billon to import electricity.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, PM’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi and PM’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain Putul are accompanying Sheikh Hasina.
The Prime Minister will attend a three-day ‘International Conference on Autism and Nuero Developmental Disorders’, beginning on Wednesday at the Royal Banquet Hall in the Bhutanese capital.
The autism conference is going to be held at the initiative of Saima Wazed, member of WHO’s expert advisory panel on mental health and chairperson of the National Advisory Committee on Autism. She took the initiative to hold the conference in Thimphu at WHO’s request.
The Prime Minister will join a private dinner to be hosted by the Bhutanese King and Queen at Lingkana Palace. She will return home on Thursday morning. – UNB

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