Bangladesh President Md Abdul Hamid arrived here on Thursday afternoon by a special flight for visit to Assam.
President Hamid was accorded a warm welcome by Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi at Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi International Airport along with two state cabinet ministers, Ranjit Dutta and Parimal Shuklavaidya, besides senior state government and police officials including the chief secretary and the DGP.
The Assam Governor has organised an elaborate reception for the Bangladesh President in the city on Thursday night.
Sources said Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will felicitate the Bangladesh President and hold discussions with him on bilateral issues, particularly on ways to further deepen business and cultural ties.
The meeting is scheduled for 6pm at Vivanta by Taj, to be followed by a state dinner hosted in honour of Hamid.
Hamid will leave for Meghalaya on Friday. Two air force helicopters are likely to take the President’s team to Balat, a small town in East Khasi Hills where he had undergone training during the Bangladesh Liberation War. East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner P.S. Dkhar said all necessary arrangements were being made for Hamid’s visit.
From Balat he will come to Shillong, where he is scheduled to visit the bungalow of Bidhan Chandra Roy (former Bengal chief minister) and Sidli House, where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore had stayed during his third visit in 1927.
After spending the night at Raj Bhavan in Shillong, Hamid will come back to Guwahati and leave for New Delhi on March 11.