According to Bangladesh newspaper, Daily Star, Dhaka is putting high importance on the visit as the prime minister would seek support from Singapore, which is the current chair of the Southeast Asian countries’ grouping ASEAN, for an early solution to the Rohingya crisis.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said the visit is also “politically important” as it would also help mobilise support from Singapore for becoming “Sectoral Dialogue Partner” of the ASEAN.
“This visit will significantly contribute to increasing cooperation in various sectors including public-private partnership, air connectivity, trade, investment and energy,” Ali told was quoted by Daily Star as saying.
As per the programme schedule, the premier along with her entourage leaves Dhaka this morning on a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and reaches Changi Airport in Singapore at 2:45pm local time. She would stay at the Shangri-La Hotel during her visit.
Official talks between Sheikh Hasina and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong would also take place. Following the talks, the two countries are expected to sign six agreements/Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs).