Sri Lankan PM arrives Friday to join independence celebration



Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will arrive in Dhaka tomorrow (Friday) morning on a two-day visit to join the golden jubilee celebration of Bangladesh’s independence and birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports BSS.

He is scheduled to arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:00am.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will receive her Sri Lankan counterpart at the airport, officials said in Dhaka on Thursday.

A guard of honor will be given to the Sri Lankan premier on the occasion.

Marking the birth centenary of Bangabandhu and golden jubilee of the independence, a 10-day special programme began at the National Parade Ground on Wednesday. President Abdul Hamid, his wife Rashida Khanam and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the ceremony along with visiting Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and his spouse Fazna Ahmed.

The theme of the 10-day event is ‘Mujib Chirantan’, but a separate theme for each day has been taken.

As part of the programme schedule, the Sri Lankan prime minister will place wreath at the National Martyrs’ Memorial at Savar at 11am tomorrow, sign the visitor’s book and plant a sapling there.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen will pay a courtesy call on Mahinda Rajapaksa at 3:00pm at the Presidential Suite at the Hotel Sonargaon.

The Sri Lankan premier will join the function at the National Parade Ground at 4.30pm.

He will attend a cultural programme and banquet hosted by the Bangladesh Prime Minister at Grand Ball Room at Hotel Intercontinental here at 7.30pm.

On Saturday, Mahinda Rajapaksa will pay homage to Bangabandhu by placing a wreath at his portrait on the premises of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi road number 32 at 10:00am. He will visit the museum and sign the visitor’s book there.

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