Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached in Dhaka on Saturday morning on his two-day state visit at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Rajdoot, a special jet aircraft of Indian air force carrying Modi landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:10am. There, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina welcomed him.
After arrival a red carpet has been rolled out at the airport, the Indian prime minister was given a guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent drawn from three services.
Accompanied by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the Indian premier took salute from a decorated dais. He later inspected the guard. The national anthems of the two countries were played at that time.
He left the airport for National Martyrs' Memorial, Savar by road.
This is Modi's first visit to Bangladesh since his swearing-in as Indian PM. Chief minister of Indian state of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee also had reached Dhaka a day ago on Friday evening to accompany Modi in a trip that Dhaka describes as a 'crucial' one in terms of the country's 'multifaceted' relations with neighbouring India.
The capital Dhaka has been decked up with big hoardings and banners carrying photographs of Modi, Mamata Banerjee and Sheikh Hasina.
bdnews24 adds, Modi will visit Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 to pay homage to the Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Modi's delegation will stay at Pan Pacific Sonargoan Dhaka during the visit.
Modi will leave for the Prime Minister's Office for discussions with Hasina at about 4:15pm.
Both leaders will witness the exchange of instrument of ratification of Land Boundary Agreement, and signing of MoUs, agreements and exchanges of different documents.
Hasina will host a dinner on Saturday night at the hotel.
On Sunday morning, the Indian leader will begin the day with prayers at Dhakeshwari National Temple at 8:45am. Then he will visit the Ramkrishna Mission.
After 10am, he will come to the Indian High Commission’s New Chancery Complex at Baridhara to attend High Commission’s programmes.
Then he will go back to his hotel before leaving for Bangabhaban to meet President Md Abdul Hamid.
He will receive the Award of Liberation War Honour on behalf of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and attend a private lunch hosted by the president.
Leader of the Opposition Raushon Ershad will call on him at his hotel suite at about 3:10pm, before he delivers a public speech at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre at 6:30pm.
However, sources said some political leaders including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will also call on Modi before his public speech.
He has a free slot between 3:30pm and 6:20pm, according to the tentative schedule.
He will leave Dhaka at about 8:10pm on Sunday and will be seen off by Prime Minister Hasina at the VVIP Tarmac.
Modi earlier said his visit would focus on trade and connectivity and be beneficial for the people of the both countries.