In common with several countries in the Middle East and Asia following the change of government in Afghanistan, Bangladesh has attracted the attention of several foreign countries seeking a coordinated approach to the problems in the region.
GVs: Banners and poster welcoming the King of Nepal to Bangladesh (4 shots)
SV: King and Queen of Nepal arrive in car for civic reception
GV: People outside civic reception with balloons and banners welcoming King
GV: King and Queen greet and shake hands with guests at the reception (3 shots)
GV: Bangladesh officials at banquet table standing and applauding King and Queen
GV: Girl dancers performing in traditional dress before King and Queen
GV: Audience watching dancers and dancers performing
GV: King and Queen of Nepal presented with garlands of flowers.
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Background: In common with several countries in the Middle East and Asia following the change of government in Afghanistan, Bangladesh has attracted the attention of several foreign countries seeking a coordinated approach to the problems in the region. Recent visitors to Dacca include the Foreign Minister of Yugoslavia, a special envoy from Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini and most recently the King and Queen of Nepal. King Birenda Bir Bikram Shah Dev and Queen Aishwarya were received on Wednesday (5 March) by the Mayor of Dacca at a glittering reception.
SYNOPSIS: The civic reception continued the royal treatment given the royal couple on their arrival the previous day. Following a ceremonial twenty-one gun salute at the airport, they were greeted by President Ziaur Rahman Prime Minister Shah Azizur Rahman and a host of government officials, then feted at an evening banquet hosted by the President.
King Birenda and Queen Aishwarya had a full itinerary during their three day visit which included talks between the King and officials of the Foreign Affairs Ministry over questions of expanding economic and technical cooperation. India has recently accused Bangladesh of obstructing their Joint Rivers Commission in its plans to develop the wares of the Ganges by trying to include Nepal in the agreement.
At the reception, King Birenda said he hoped that Bangladesh with her "spirit of invincibility" would continue teaching the world that, with National unity, no nation, however small, poor or weak, could long remain subdued. He remarked on the atmosphere of confidence and gaiety he found in the capital, Dacca.
He then complimented President Ziaur on his enlightened dynamic leadership with a toast.