Kathmandu–President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Mohammad Abdul Hamid, arrived here this afternoon on his four-day official goodwill visit at invitation of President Bidya Devi Bhandari.
President Bhandari welcomed the Bangladeshi President at the VVIP Lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). On the occasion, a group of Panchakanya (five girls) offered him wreaths at the same lounge.
Prior to this, he was received by Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth upon landing at TIA. The President of Bangladesh was accorded a ceremonial welcome at TIA upon his arrival. A contingent of Nepal Army presented a 21-gun salute to him. Cultural processions featuring art and culture of all seven states were carried out.
Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokhrel, Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali were also present.
Bangladeshi President Hamid is scheduled to meet President Bhandari at the Office of the President, Sheetal Niwas, on Wednesday afternoon. President Bhandari is hosting a Banquet in honour of her Bangladeshi counterpart and his delegation same day.
Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Chairperson of the National Assembly, Ganesh Prasad Timilsina and Foreign Minister Gyawali will call on President Hamid separately on Wednesday itself.
Similarly, Chairperson of Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba and senior leaders of different political parties will also pay a courtesy call on the Bangladeshi President.
The Bangladeshi guests will also visit different places including Bhaktapur Durbar area, Pokhara and Chandragiri of Kathmandu during their stay in Nepal.