PM Hasina leaves for New Delhi to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony

Bangladesh`s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and India`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) press a button to remotely unveil plaques for three bilateral projects after a meeting in New Delhi on 5 October 2019.AFP

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for New Delhi on Saturday morning to attend the oath-taking ceremony of her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage departed the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka at 10:15am.

The flight was scheduled to land at New Delhi’s Palam Air Force Station, the VVIP airport at 12:00pm.

The Bangladesh prime minister will be received by a high-level Indian delegation and Bangladesh high commissioner to India Md Mustafizur Rahman at the airport.

During her stay in New Delhi, the prime minister will hold a tete-a-tete with Modi after joining the oath-taking ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhaban at 7:20pm on Sunday.

Later, she will attend the state dinner hosted by the Indian president.

The PM will attend several other programmes in New Delhi on Sunday.

She will return home by a Biman Bangladesh flight on Monday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Modi invited Hasina to attend his swearing-in as the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy for a historic third straight term.