Bangladesh President Md. Abdul Hamid arrived India on Wednesday (May 29) on a three-day visit to join the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying the head of the state and his entourage members, landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in the evening (local time). A red carpet was rolled out to welcome President Hamid.
On his arrival at the airport, the President was received by High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India Syed Moazzem Ali, Secretary of the ministry of External Affairs of India T.S. Tirumurti, High Commissioner of India in Dhaka Riva Ganguly Das and concerned officials of Indian High Commission to Bangladesh, media reports said.
Earlier, the President left Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport for India in the afternoon. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, cabinet secretary, chiefs of the three services, the dean of the diplomatic corps and high civil and military officials were present at the airport to see the President off.
President’s wife Rashida Khanam and Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, among others, are accompanying Hamid.
During the three-day visit, Bangladesh President will pay a courtesy call on his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind.
The Indian President will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union Council of Ministers on Thursday (May 30) at 7 p.m. at Rashtrapati Bhavan, according to a statement issued by Indian President’s Secretariat.
Kovind has appointed Narendra Modi as Prime Minister after the landslide victory of BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the recently concluded India’s national election.
Modi was appointed as the Prime Minister for a second consecutive term soon after the NDA leaders on Saturday elected Modi as their leader in the parliament, according to official sources.
President Hamid will return home on Friday (May 31).