Dhaka, Jul 13: Bangladesh rolled out red carpet as South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon arrived here on Saturday afternoon on a three-day official visit for strengthening bilateral ties and exploring new avenues of trade relations.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen received the South Korean premier when he arrived at VVIP terminal of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here at 1740 hrs.
After his arrival, the Korean premier was given a guard of honor by a joint contingent of army, navy and air force. Then the national anthems of Korea and Bangladesh were played as part of the ceremony.
After the reception ceremony, the Korean premier left the airport for InterContinental Hotel where he will be staying during his visit. Bangladesh is Lee’s first destination as part of his four-nation tour from July 13 to 21. He will visit Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Qatar after visiting Bangladesh.
Lee’s travel to the four countries is aimed at strengthening diplomatic ties with Central Asia and Southwest Asia and pursuing a balanced diplomacy in the Middle East under Seoul’s diplomatic diversification strategy, media reports said quoting Korean prime Minister’s office.
The South Korean premier will join a dinner with representative of Korean community in Dhaka this evening at the Hotel InterContinental, his place of residence during the visit.
He will start his official visit by showing tribute to the memories of Liberation War martyrs by placing wreaths at the National Martyrs’ Memorial in Savar on Sunday morning.
After leaving the Memorial, he will visit YoungoneHitech Sportswear in Savar EPZ and the National Institute of Advanced Nursing Education and Research at Mugdapara in Dhaka.
The Korean premier will hold a bilateral meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Prime Minister’s office (PMO) at 4.15 pm on the same day.
After the bilateral meeting, a number of deals are expected to be signed between Bangladesh and South Korea.
Before that, Lee will deliver a keynote speech to Bangladesh-Korea Business Forum organised by FBCCI and KITA at InterContinental Hotel at noon.
After holding a meeting with Sheikh Hasina, the Korean Prime Minister will call on President M Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban. (UNI)