Warm welcome to Hasina as she arrives in Phnom Penh


A Cambodian girl presented a bouquet to the Prime Minister when she alighted from the aircraft. Photo : Star Mail

A Cambodian girl presented a bouquet to the Prime Minister when she alighted from the aircraft. Photo : Star Mail

PHNOM PENH (CAMBODIA) : A red carpet was rolled out as Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here on Sunday afternoon on a three-day official visit to Cambodia at the invitation of her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen, reports UNB.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at Phnom Penh International Airport at 12:15 pm (local time).

Cambodian Women Affairs Minister Ing Kantha Pahvi, Under Secretary of State on Foreign Affairs and International Assistance Eat Sophea, Cambodian non-resident Ambassador to Bangladesh Pochkhun Panha and Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand Saida Muna Tasneem, who is concurrently accredited to Cambodia, received the Prime Minister at the airport.

A Cambodian girl presented a bouquet to the Prime Minister when she alighted from the aircraft, while Bangladeshi citizens living in Phnom Penh greeted her by waving the Bangladesh national flag.

After the reception at the airport, the Bangladesh Prime Minister, in a ceremonial motorcade, was taken to Hotel Sofitel, where she will be staying during her visit to Cambodia.

The road from the airport to the hotel was decorated with the national flags of the two countries as well as the portrait of Sheikh Hasina and the Cambodian King and Prime Minister, welcoming Sheikh Hasina.

Earlier, a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8:35amfor the Cambodian capital.

In the afternoon, the Bangladesh Prime Minister will place wreaths at the Independence Monument at Phnom Penh. She will also lay wreaths at the Royal Memorial Statue of Late King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk.

Hasina will join dinner to be hosted by the Bangladesh Ambassador to Cambodia. Bangladesh community members living in Cambodia will also attend the function.

On Monday, the Prime Minister will hold official talks with her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen. Before the talks, the two Prime Ministers have a tete-a-tete.

Later, 11 instruments—two agreements and nine memorandums of understanding (MoUs) — will be signed between Bangladesh and Cambodia in the presence of the two prime ministers.

The naming of two important roads in Dhaka and Phnom Penh after the Father of the Nation of both the countries will be announced at the function where Sheikh Hasina and Hun Sen will speak at a joint press statement.

Sheikh Hasina will have a royal audience with King of Cambodia Norodom Sihamon and will separately call on Cambodian Senate President Say Chhum and National Assembly President Heng Samrin.

She will join a business dialogue as the chief guest to be arranged by the Cambodian Chamber and attend the official dinner to be hosted by the Cambodian Prime Minister.

Wrapping up her three-day official visit to Cambodia, the Prime Minister will return home on the afternoon of December 5.

The Prime Minister will hold bilateral talks with her Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen focusing on trade and investment and cooperation in various sectors.

The 11 deals and MoUs which are expected to be signed between the two countries are civil aviation flight operation deal, agreement relating to formation of Joint Trade Council, cooperation agreement to implement SDGs by 2030, MoU relating to labour and vocational education, cooperation deal in tourism sector and preservation of history of liberation war and monument, MoU in fisheries and aquaculture, MoU in expansion of investment, cooperation agreement between the trade bodies of the two countries and expanding academic ties between Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) and Royal Academy (RAC) of Cambodia.

The two countries have decided to name ‘Baridhara Park Road’ in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone after Cambodia’s late King Norodom Sihanouk and a road in Phnom Penh after Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for ICT Division Zunaid Ahmed Palak, PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, Chief Coordinator on the SDG Affairs at the Prime Minister’s Office Md Abul Kalam Azad, Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Huq and PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, among others, are accompanying the Prime Minister.