PMs of India, Bangladesh arrive in Kathmandu to attend 4th summit of BIMSTEC

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wazed have arrived in Kathmandu to attend the fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) being held here today and tomorrow.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel received both the prime ministers of India and Bangladesh one after another who landed at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 8:30 am and 9:15 am respectively, Ghanashyam Lamsal, deputy chief of protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed.

Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wazed waves while Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel receives her upon her arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Photo: RSS
Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wazed waves while Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel receives her upon her arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, in Kathmandu, on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Photo: RSS

Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deepak Adhikari, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri and Chief of the Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi, Bharat Kumar Regmi also welcomed Prime Minister Modi at the airport while the Bangladeshi dignitary was welcome by Bangladesh's Ambassador to Nepal Mashfee Binte Shams and Nepal's Ambassador to Bangladesh Chopalal Bhusal along with the chief of Protocol Adhikari.

The Indian PM was presented the guard of honour by the Nepal Army personnel before he left the airport for Soaltee Crowne Plaza, the venue for the BIMSTEC summit. Subsequently, Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina also received the guard of honour before leaving for the same hotel half an hour later.

Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha is also scheduled to land at TIA, at 10:15 am today. The dignitaries from Myanmar, Bhutan and Sri Lanka are already here to attend the summit.

All the dignitaries — including heads of states and governments, ministers and other participants — will be residing at Soaltee Crowne Plaza.

Meanwhile, the security has been tightened and vehicular movement along the TIA-Tinkune-Maitighar-Tripureshwor-Soaltee Mod road has been cleared for the next two and half hours since 8:00 am today, Metropolitan Traffic Police Division informed.

The summit will witness participation of heads of states/governments of all seven member countries — Myanmar President Win Myint, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Bhutan’s Chief Justice and Chief Advisor of the Interim Government Tshering Wangchuk, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed and Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to hold a luncheon in honour of visiting heads of states/governments at Shital Niwas today.

Following the luncheon, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, as the current chair of BIMSTEC, will inaugurate the summit in Hotel Soaltee at around 3:00 pm, where the heads of the states/governments will deliver their respective country statements. PM Oli will host a dinner at Hotel Hyatt Regency the same evening in honour of the visiting dignitaries.

The summit will mainly focus on connectivity, poverty alleviation, trade, investment, tourism, climate change and security challenges. Other areas of discussion include strengthening and making effective the BIMSTEC secretariat, establishment of BIMSTEC development fund, Buddhist circuit, setting up of regional centres, adoption of BIMSTEC charter and rationalisation of priority areas.

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Indian PM Narendra Modi arrives in Kathmandu to attend 4th summit of BIMSTEC

KATHMANDU: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Kathmandu today to attend the fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) being held here on August 30 and 31.

Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Ishwor Pokhrel received the Indian PM who landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at 8:30 am, according to Ghanashyam Lamsal, deputy chief of protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Indian PM will be residing at Soaltee Crowne Plaza, also the venue for the summit. The security has been tightened and vehicular movement along the TIA-Tinkune-Maitighar-Tripureshwor-Soaltee Mod road has been cleared for the next two and half hours since 8:00 am today.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wazed also arrived in Kathmandu at around 9:15 am while Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha will land at TIA, at 10:15 am today. The dignitaries from Myanmar, Bhutan and Sri Lanka are already here to participate in the summit.

The summit will witness participation of heads of states/governments of all seven member countries — Myanmar President Win Myint, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Bhutan’s Chief Justice and Chief Adviser of the Interim Government Tshering Wangchuk, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed and Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha.

The summit will mainly focus on connectivity, poverty alleviation, trade, investment, tourism, climate change and security challenges. Other areas of discussion include strengthening and making effective the BIMSTEC secretariat, the establishment of BIMSTEC development fund, Buddhist circuit, setting up of regional centres, adoption of BIMSTEC charter and rationalisation of priority areas.

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