A red carpet was rolled out as President Md Abdul Hamid arrived at Guwahati International Airport in Indian State of Assam on Thursday noon on a five-day official visit to attend the founding conference of International Solar Alliance (ISA) and Solar Summit, jointly hosted by India and France in New Delhi.
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the President and his entourage landed at the airport around 1:45 pm (local time).
On his arrival at the airport, the Bangladesh President was received by Governor of Assam Prof Jagdish Mukhi.
Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Bangladesh High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Muazzem Ali were also present.
President Hamid will attend the founding conference of International Solar Alliance (ISA) and Solar Summit on March 11. The conference will be held at Cultural Centre, President Bhaban in New Delhi.
He will visit his memorable places in Assam and Meghalaya as he was the sub-sector commander of the Bangladesh Liberation Force (Mujib Bahini) during the 1971 Liberation War.
He inspired and organised the Bangladeshi youths who took shelter at Gumaghat, Moilam and Balat in Meghalaya during the war. Hamid established a youth reception camp at Balat for Bangladeshi youths and he acted as president of the camp at that time.
President Hamid is scheduled to pay courtesy call on Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and its Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi in the afternoon. Later, he will attend a dinner hosted by the Prof Jagdish Mukhi in the evening.
He will visit Balat on Friday and stay in Shillong, the capital of Indian State Meghalaya, at night. He will also attend a dinner there hosted by Meghalaya Governor Ganga Prasad.
The President will go to New Delhi on Saturday and attend a dinner hosted by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind at President’s Bhaban. Later, he will attend the inauguration session of the founding conference of ISA on March 11 morning and also deliver his speech in plenary session of the conference.
He will also attend the lunch hosted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the same day.
President Hamid will return home on March 12.
On November 30, 2015, India and France, at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, launched an International Solar Alliance to boost solar energy in developing countries.