President Bhandari off to Bangladesh for state visit

President Bidya Devi Bhandari has left for Dhaka today morning for a two-day state visit to Bangladesh.

President Bhandari departed Dhaka from the Tribhuvan International Airport at 8:40 am on Monday on Nepal Airlines flight number RA001. Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, House Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota, National Assembly Speaker Ganesh Prasad Timalsina, Deputy Prime Minister Ishwor Pokharel and other high-ranking officials were present at the airport to bid farewell to President Bhandari.

The President also received a guard of honor by the Nepal Army at the Airport.

President Bhandari is visiting Bangladesh at the invitation of her Bangladesh’ counterpart, President Abdul Hamid, on the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of Bangladesh’s father, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

A Nepali head of state is traveling to Bangladesh for a state visit after a gap of 42 years. The then King Birendra Shah had paid a bilateral visit to Bangladesh in 1978, he has not visited Nepal as President.

At the end of 2019, the Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid had visited Nepal.

President Bhandari is leading a delegation of 27 members, including Foreign Minister Pradip Kumar Gyawali, Foreign Secretary Bharatraj Poudyal, Secretary to the President’s Office Hari Poudel, Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yadav Prasad Koirala and Secretary at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies Dinesh Bhattarai.

The delegation also includes four people from the President’s Office.