Prime Minister arrives in Netherlands

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has arrived in the Netherlands on a three-day visit to the country on invitation of her Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.   A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying Sheikh Hasina and her entourage touched down at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport around 8:30pm(Netherlands time) on Tuesday.  reports BSS.

Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Bangladesh Ambassador in Amsterdam Sheikh Muhammad Belal and the Netherlands Ambassador in Dhaka Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere welcomed the prime minister at the airport.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage members landed at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Centre in the Dutch capital at 8.30 pm (Netherlands time), reports BSS.

Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Bangladesh Ambassador to the Netherlands Sheikh Muhammad Belal and Dutch Ambassador in Dhaka Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaera received the Prime Minister at the airport.

After a warm reception at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Centre, the Prime Minister was taken to Grand Hotel Amrath Kurhaus in The Hague, the administrative capital of the Netherlands, through a ceremonial motorcade.

She would stay at the hotel during her visit.

A huge number of expatriate Bangladeshis including leaders and workers of All European Awami League greeted Sheikh Hasina when she reached the hotel.

On behalf of the Awami League leaders and workers, two tiny tots presented bouquets to the Premier at the hotel lounge.

On her way to Amsterdam, Sheikh Hasina earlier made a five-hour stopover in Abu Dhabi.

During her visit to the Netherlands, the Prime Minister will hold bilateral talks with Dutch Premier Mark Rutte at his official residence “Catshuis” this afternoon.

The talks would be followed by signing of bilateral instruments.

Later, Sheikh Hasina will join a dinner to be hosted in her honour by Mark Rutte.

She will also call on Queen Maxima of the Netherlands at the Royal Palace on Wednesday.

Sheikh Hasina will visit Deltaic Island through helicopter and harbour by ship today. She will also witness a presentation on her visit to the Deltaic Island.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, State Minister for Water Resources Mohammad Nazrul Islam, PM’s Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad, Senior Secretary of the Commerce Ministry Hedayet Ullah Al Mamun, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, Shipping Secretary Shafiq Alam Mehedi and PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, among others, are accompanying the Prime Minister.

Besides, a 19-member Bangladesh business team comprising the leaders of the FBCCI, BGMEA and Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce and Industry is visiting the Netherlands with Sheikh Hasina.

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