Pope Francis arrives in Bangladesh on three-day state visit

ANI | Updated: Nov 30, 2017 18:34 IST

Dhaka [Bangladesh], November 30 (ANI): Pope Francis arrived in Bangladesh on Thursday on a three-day state visit after wrapping up his Myanmar visit.

Scores of Muslim Rohingya refugees have sought safe haven in Bangladesh after fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar.

Pope Francis, who landed in national capital Dhaka, was accorded a red carpet welcome.

President Abdul Hamid received the Pope near the VVIP Tarmac of Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.

A contingent of Bangladesh's armed forces gave him a guard of honour and state salute.

Pope is scheduled to visit the National Martyr's Memorial to pay tribute to martyrs of 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War and the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, reported the Dhaka Tribune.

In Dhaka, he will meet some of the refugees from the Rohingya community, whom he has described as his "brothers and sisters", and lead a mass for Bangladesh's tiny Catholic minority.

Francis is the first pope to visit Bangladesh in 31 years. (ANI)