Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Malé on Wednesday for a six-day official visit at the invitation of Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

A special Biman Bangladesh Airlines VVIP flight carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at around 12:11 pm.

The flight is expected to reach Malé, the capital of the Maldives, at 3:00 p.m. (local time) where she will be received by the Maldivian minister of state for foreign affairs and other senior officials, reports the UNB.

According to the Foreign Ministry, four instruments, including two memoranda of understanding (MoU) on health, education, transfer of prisoners and avoidance of double taxation, are expected to be signed during the visit.

The four proposed acts are the Agreement on the Prevention of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Income Taxes; Agreement on the transfer of prisoners; MoU in health and medical sciences between Bangladesh and Maldives (renewal); Memorandum of Understanding between Bangladesh and Maldives on Cooperation in the Field of Youth and Sports Development.

In addition, the Memorandum of Understanding on the recruitment of qualified health professionals between Bangladesh and the Maldives will be renewed.

During the visit, Bangladesh will donate 13 military vehicles to the Maldives as a sign of friendship between the two South Asian countries, according to the Foreign Ministry.

On December 23, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be formally received by Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the presidential palace. She will receive a guard of honor there.

The Prime Minister will have a bilateral meeting with the Maldivian President to discuss various issues.

At the end of the meeting, the relevant officials of the two countries will sign the instruments in the presence of the Bangladeshi Prime Minister and the Maldivian President.

A joint statement will be issued between the two countries while the two leaders will jointly appear before the media.

The Prime Minister will address the People’s Majlis, the national parliament of the Maldives, on the afternoon of December 23.

In the evening, Hasina is due to attend a state banquet hosted by the Maldivian president and the First Lady in his honor.

From December 24-26, the Prime Minister will virtually join community receptions given by Bangladeshi expatriates in Male.

During the visit, Maldivian Vice-President Faisal Naseem, President of the People’s Majlis, national parliament of the Maldives. Mohammed Nasheed and Chief Justice Uz Ahmed Muthasim Adnan are expected to pay courtesy visits to the Bangladeshi head of government in the meeting room of the Jen Hotel in Male.

The prime minister is expected to arrive in Dhaka on December 27.