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Turkish PM in Dhaka; Rohingya issue on top of agenda

Yildirim will visit the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday morning after his official meetings in Dhaka

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim arrived in Dhaka on Monday night on a two-day official visit at the invitation of his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina to discuss Rohingya and other issues.

He is leading a 21-member delegation, including his daughter Busra Koylubay, Chief Foreign Policy Adviser Kerim Uras, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag and Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmet Yildiz, an official told UNB.

Representatives from a number of organisations, including Disaster and Emergency Management Authority and the Turkish Red Crescent, are also there in the delegation.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali had received Yildirim at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport upon his arrival at 8:45pm.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque were also present.

During the visit, the relations between Bangladesh and Turkey are expected to be discussed comprehensively, according to Turkish media.

This morning, Yildirim is scheduled to visit the National Memorial at Savar and pay respect to the 1971 Liberation War martyrs. He will also sign the visitors’ book and plant a sapling there. He will then visit Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi and pay respect to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The official talks, including signing of a number of deals/MoUs, between the countries will be held in the afternoon at the Prime Minister’s Office.

After his meeting with Hasina, Yildirim will meet President Md Abdul Hamid in the evening.

Afterwards, he will attend a banquet, preceded by cultural programme, hosted by Hasina at the Ball Room of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.

Yildirim will visit the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday morning after his official meetings in Dhaka, including the one with Hasina.

He will leave for Turkey straight from Cox’s Bazar in the afternoon.

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