Delegates from Nepal and Bangladesh signed four bilateral instruments, namely Memorandum of Understanding on Tourism Cooperation, MoU on sanitary and phytosanitary cooperation, cultural exchange programme, and Letter of Exchange to designate Rohanpur-Singabad railway route as an additional transit route, in the presence of President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and her Bangladeshi counterpart Md Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban, Dhaka, yesterday.

Likewise, President Bhandari attended the celebration programme to mark the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the National Parade Ground in Dhaka, and delivered a statement on the theme of "Nepal-Bangladesh Relations and Bangabandhu's Birth Centenary".

In her statement, she highlighted the state of bilateral relations existing between Nepal and Bangladesh. She also shed light on the invaluable contributions of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman for the independence of Bangladesh and his vision of Sonar Bangla.

The formal programme to mark the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 50th independence of Bangladesh, was followed by a cultural performance by both Nepali and Bangladeshi artistes at the National Parade Ground in Dhaka.

Later in the evening, the president held talks with the Bangladeshi president and attended the state banquet hosted by her counterpart in her honour.

In the afternoon, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina paid a courtesy call on Bhandari. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest and bilateral cooperation were discussed.

Earlier in the morning, President Bhandari visited the National Martyrs' Memorial at Savar, Dhaka, and paid homage to martyrs and war heroes of the nation amid a wreath laying ceremony. She also signed the visitors' book and planted magnolia sapling. President Bhandari returned home this evening after completing her two-day state visit to Bangladesh.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 24, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.