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Five deals with Japan during PM visit

Five deals with Japan during PM visit

Summit-level interactions in Tokyo bear significance

News Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Japan visit, beginning tomorrow, bears high significance on two counts: financing some domestic major projects and summit-level interactions on the reshaping geopolitical order. Analysts hold such view as her tour is due to yield an official-development assistance agreement worth US$2.5 billion for implementing five projects in Bangladesh apart from her interactions with prominent statesmen of Asia. Some important events are on the agenda coinciding with the prime minister's Tokyo trip. Apart from her talks with the host prime minister, Shinzo Abe, she would have an audience with charismatic Malaysian leader Dr Mahathir Mahmud. The discourses at the events, as planned, will be focused on Asia's emerging socioeconomic sociopolitical scenarios vis-à-vis the fast-changing global situations on all fronts. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is Japan on a state visit that ends just before the Asian discourses begin. Reports said he might have had important diplomatic concurrences with the Japanese leader during their golf game in a turf which is important for the evolving US-mooted Indo-Pacific Strategy, seen as a bid for counterbalancing the China-led global bloc under all-embracing BRI flagship. "Bangladesh is pursuing a positive role maintaining amity with all the world powers and participation in all the major alignments-true to it foreign-policy principle 'friendship to all, malice to none'-in the situations," many a diplomatic analyst says. Some, however, hold different views. On her long foreign trip, Sheikh Hasina would had several other stops in other capitals, including another important one in the Saudi capital where she will have a summit with leaders of world's largest Islamic bloc-the OIC. Again, world order and peace tops the topics, in the wake of a Middle East rising from ruins of wars like the phoenix in a neo-paradigm. Because of her preoccupation, Sheikh Hasina is again going to be conspicuous by her absence from Narendra Modi's swearing-in as Indian prime minister to a second consecutive tenure. She had also missed his first investiture as PM, again for Japan tour. She later had a summit with him. On her way back, the prime minister would have a stopover in New Delhi. Agencies report that Bangladesh and Japan will sign their 40th ODA deal involving US$ 2.5 billion during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Japan visit on May 28-30 for implementing five projects. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen came up with the information while briefing media at his ministry in Dhaka Sunday on Prime Minister's Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland visits in a row. The burning Rohingya issue, among others, will come up in a bigger way during the two-country visit as per the briefing. State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque were present. The year 2022 will mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Japan. "The coming years will be very important for our two countries. Towards this anniversary, we're working hard to enhance our bilateral relations even further," Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Hiroyasu Izumi told UNB in an interview in April. In celebration of this anniversary, Bangladesh and Japan are expecting to see more and more interaction between the two countries, including cultural and people-to-people exchanges in the years to come. Several cooperation projects were launched with the successful mutual visits by the two Prime Ministers-Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe-in 2014. Bangladesh is now "focused" as a country of tremendous potential for development and attracting more and more foreign companies for investment, said an official. Since the year 2008, the investment from Japan to Bangladesh has been expanding and the trend is getting stronger, especially after 2011. Prime Minister Hasina leaves Dhaka tomorrow (Tuesday) by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at 8:55am. She will reach Haneda International Airport, Tokyo at 18:30 (local time) where Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshiko Abe will welcome her at the airport. She will attend a community event at Hotel Okura the same day. On the morning of May 29, the Prime Minister will attend a breakfast roundtable meeting with Japanese Business leaders and CEOs at Hotel New Otani there. Thereafter, the Japanese survivors of the Holy Artisan incident will call on her. In the afternoon, she will have a bilateral meeting with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at his office. Sheikh Hasina will be given guard of honour when she will reach the Japanese Prime Minister's Office. After the bilateral talks, there will be a signing ceremony and joint press statement. Later in the evening, she will attend the official dinner to be hosted by Shinzo Abe at his residence. On May 30, Sheikh Hasina will attend the Nikkei Conference at Imperial Hotel where Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Bin Mohammad will be the keynote speaker. She will then attend the 25th International Conference on the Future Asia at the same venue and deliver her speech. Later, JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka will call on her at her place of residence. In the evening, the Prime Minister will attend the Nikkei Conference Dinner where Japanese Prime Minister will be the keynote speaker. On May 31, the Prime Minister will depart from Haneda International Airport at 9:25am (local time) for Jeddah to attend the 14th session of the OIC's Islamic Summit in Makkah. Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Toshiko Abe will see her off at the airport. She will arrive at King Abdulaziz International Airport at 1725 (local time). In the evening, she will attend the opening ceremony of the OIC summit. Saudi Arabia is hosting the 14th session of the OIC's Islamic Summit in Makkah on May 31. The summit, titled 'Makkah Summit: Together for the Future', aims to develop a unified stance on events in the Islamic world. On June, she will attend the first working session 1 12:30am and the second working session at 1:30am. The Prime Minister will attend the closing session at 2:30am and then join the Suhoor Banquet at Safa Palace. In the evening she will perform Umrah. On the morning of June 2, the Prime Minister will leave Jeddah for Madina by air and offer Fateha at the Rawza Mubarak (grave) of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). In the evening, she will depart Madinah for Jeddah by air. On the morning of June 3, she will depart Jeddah for Helsinki, Finland via Frankfurt. She will land at Helsinki at 1pm (local time). On June 4, she will call on the President of Finland at his official residence. On June 7, the Prime Minister will leave Helsinki at 6:35pm (local time) for Dhaka by Finair. On her way back home, Sheikh Hasina will make a stopover in New Delhi. The PM will land at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport at 6:05am (local time). She will leave Delhi for Dhaka by a flight of Biman at 6:20pm and reach home at 9:20pm. (Inputs taken from agencies)

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