A red carpet was rolled out at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe along with his wife Abe arrived in Dhaka on Saturday on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh which is expected to see new vistas being opened in bilateral ties.
A special flight carrying the Japanese Prime Minister, his wife and members of his entourage landed at the Airport at 12.50 pm.
This high-profile tour is taking place after 14 years as then Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori visited Bangladesh in 2000 last time.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe when they came down from the special aircraft at the VVIP Tarmac of the airport at about 1:06 pm.
Two tiny tots presented bouquets to Abe and his wife.
A smartly turned out contingent drawn from the three services gave a guard of honor and state salute to Shinzo Abe. Accompanied by Sheikh Hasina, Abe took the salute from a decorated dais. The national anthems of the two countries were played on the occasion. Later, both inspected the guard.
Later, the Bangladesh Prime Minister introduced her cabinet colleagues and other dignitaries with the Japanese PM at the presentation line.
The Japanese Prime Minister Abe who is here at the invitation of his Bangladeshi counterpart also introduced his entourage with Sheikh Hasina.
Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, PM's Foreign Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi and State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam were also present at the airport to welcome the Japanese Prime Minister.
Besides, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, PM's Principal Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikdar, the chiefs of the three services, the inspector general of police, the dean of the diplomatic corps and high civil and military officials were present.
After the warm welcome at the airport, the Japanese PM straight drove to the National Mausoleum at Savar where he paid tributes to the martyrs of the War of Liberation by placing wreaths.
Later, Shinzo Abe would go to Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi in the capital and pay tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Abe is leading a 150-member delegation, including 50 leading businessmen of Japan.
During the visit, the Japanese Prime Minister will meet President M Abdul Hamid and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Begum Raushon Ershad.
Besides, Abe will address the Bangladesh-Japan Economic Forum jointly organized by Bangladesh Board of Investment (BoI), Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to promote trade between Bangladesh and Japan and attract Japanese investment to Bangladesh.
Abe will be staying at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel during her visit to Bangladesh.
This is the return visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in quick succession of his Bangladesh counterpart's official visit to Japan in May 2014. Sheikh Hasina visited Japan from May 25-28 at Abe’s invitation.
The Japanese Prime Minister is scheduled to leave Dhaka for Sri Lanka at 10.30 am on Sunday.
Red carpet welcome given to Japan PM