Vol. 5 Num 400 Tue. July 12, 2005  
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PM accorded warm reception in Tokyo

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was accorded a hearty reception at Haneda International Airport as she reached the Japanese capital yesterday on a four-day official visit aiming to boost bilateral relations and economic cooperation.

Japanese Senior Vice-minister for Foreign Affairs Shuzen Tanigawa received the Bangladeshi prime minister.

Japanese Ambassador to Bangladesh Matsushiro Horiguchi, Bangladesh Ambassador to Japan Sirajul Islam, senior Japanese government officials and leaders of Bangladesh community in Tokyo were present at the airport to welcome the prime minister.

A Bangladeshi girl presented a bouquet to Khaleda.

During her visit Khaleda will discuss with the Japanese leadership various bilateral matters, including official development assistance (ODA), existing trade imbalance tilted to Japan, training of Bangladeshi workers and Japanese assistance for construction of Padma Bridge.

Formal talks between Khaleda and her Japanese counterpart Junichiro Koizumi will be held on July 14, official sources said. She will address a meeting of Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentary League on July 13.

Khaleda will have a meeting with representatives of Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) and address the Bangladesh Business Seminar to be organised by Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industries in collaboration with other organisations on July 14.

The prime minister will also lay foundation of a 'Shaheed Minar' in Tokyo city and attend a Bangladesh community reception in her honour on July 12.

The prime minister will call on the Emperor of Japan before leaving Tokyo for home on July 15.

After official talks between the two countries, an agreement is expected to be signed on cultural exchange.

Earlier, a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines with the prime minister and her entourage departed from Zia International Airport at 9:30 am.

Senior ministers, chiefs of three services, diplomats and senior civil and military high officials saw the prime minister off at the airport.

Khaleda is leading a high-profile delegation that includes Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan and State Minister for Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment M Quamrul Islam.

A 24-member investment and trade delegation led by Adviser to the Energy and Mineral Resources Division and Executive Chairman of the Board of Investment Mahmudur Rahman is also accompanying her.