Lotay Tshering
Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering being welcomed by Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina at Shahjalal International Airport. Image - Twitter @PMBhutan

Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering was welcomed by his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Friday as the former arrived in Dhaka on a four-day diplomatic visit.

Tshering was greeted to a warm reception at the airport by Prime Minister Hasina.

Tshering and his aides landed in Shahjalal International Airport at 8.08 am.

The Bhutanese PM was given a guard of honour by a contingent of the armed forces after being received by Hasina at the VVIP lounge of the airport.

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According to information, Lotay Tshering, who is a alumnus of Mymensingh Medical College in Bangladesh, is visiting Bangladesh for the first time after taking charge as the Bhutan PM.

Tshering will participate in the the Bangla New Year celebrations at Dhaka.

Informing about the arrival of Tshering at Dhaka, the office of the Bhutan PM on its Twitter handle on Friday stated: “Lyonchhen Dr Lotay Tshering arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh this morning. At the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Lyonchhen was received by Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh. Lyonchhen is in Bangladesh for a 4-day official visit.”

As per media reports, this id the first visit by a foreign head of a government since Hasina-led government came to power for a third successive term after winning the parliamentary polls on December 30, 2018.

The Bangladesh government, according to reports, hopes to boost the trade relations between the two countries by providing Bhutan an opportunity to use the inland waterways of Bangladesh. A few treaties and memoranda of understanding are likely to signed in the health and agriculture sectors during the Bhutan PM’s tour.

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On the first day of his visit, the Bhutan premier called on A. K. Abdul Momen, the foreign minister of Bangladesh.

Informing about the meeting, the office of the Bhutan PM stated on its Twitter handle: “This evening, Lyonchhen (Dr) Lotay Tshering was called on by HE (Dr) A. K. Abdul Momen, the Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. Lyonchhen is on a 4-day Official visit to Bangladesh upon the invitation of HE Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister Bangladesh.”

After arrival in Dhaka, PM Tshering also visited the National Martyrs’ Memorial.

At the Memorial, Tsheeing offered his prayers for the soldiers who lost their lives during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971.

Bhutan PM Tshering also had a visit to the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum which was the residence of Bangabandhau Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman, the ‘Father of the Nation’ and the first President of Bangladesh.

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