Preparations for President Bidya Devi Bhandari's State Visit to Bangladesh have been completed.
President Bhandari is paying a two-day State Visit to Bangladesh from 22 to 23 March 2021 at the friendly invitation of the President of Bangladesh Mohammad Abdul Hamid.
President Bhandari is leaving here for Dhaka to attend the celebration of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh.
President Bhandari is scheduled to leave here for Dhaka at 8:30 am on Monday in a plane of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) by leading a Nepali delegation.
President Bhandari is scheduled to reach at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 10:00 am.
At the airport in Dhaka, President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid and Ambassador of Nepal to Bangladesh Dr Bansidhar Mishra will welcome President Bhandari.
After receiving the 21-gun 'Guard of Honour', President Bhandari will visit National Martyrs Memorial at Savar to pay tribute to martyrs.
On the same day, President Bhandari is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with her Bangladeshi counterpart, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
A total of 54 members including President Bhandari's daughter Usha Kiran Bhandari, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, President's Communications Expert Tika Prasad Dhakal, Chancellor of Nepal Academy Ganga Prasad Upreti, Secretary at the Office of the President Dr Hari Poudel, Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yadav Prasad Koirala, Foreign Affairs Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal, Industry, Commerce and Supplies Secretary Dinesh Bhattarai, chief of president's personal secretariat Dr Bheshraj Adhikari and other will accompany the President at the visit.
It is stated that three separate memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on tourism promotion, sanitary and phyto sanitary measures are to be signed between the two countries during the visit.
The Government of Bangladesh has provided Nepal transit facility through the Kakarbhitta-Phulbari-Banglabandha roadway and the Chittagong and Mongla sea ports.
With this, an alternate 'rail corridor' for operation of cargo trains from Rohanpur-Singhabad to Nepal, and it has eased the way for Nepal to use the Monglaharbour alternate to Kolkata port.
The Mongla port is nearer than Kolkata port for Nepal. It is 217 kilometres from Mongla port to the integrated check post at Biratnagar and 600 kilometres to the integrated checkpoint at Birgunj of Nepal which will be further cheaper to import and export goods using these ports instead of the Kolkata port.
Likewise, Government Spokesperson and Minister for Communications and Information Technology Parbat Gurung has said that the recent Cabinet meeting has approved these agendas.
Earlier, Minister for Foreign Affair Pradeep Kumar Gyawali while addressing a meeting of the House of Representative (HoR) stated that the visit will further harmonize the bilateral ties between Nepal and Bangladesh.
Similarly, diplomat and former ambassador Hiranya Lal Shrestha has stated that such high-level visit will further deepen the bilateral ties with exploring new avenues of collaboration and cooperation in various fields.
Source: National News Agency Nepal