Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday had a meeting with Pope Francis, spiritual leader of the world's Catholics, at the Holy See in Vatican City.
“The prime minister visited Vatican City in the morning [local time] at the invitation of the Pope and had an audience with him in Vatican City near the Italian capital of Rome,” PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said.
On her arrival in the Vatican City at 10:00am, she was given a guard of honour.
The premier held the meeting with the Pope at his office. She later introduced her entourage to the Pope.
Hasina also presented a painting on natural beauty of Bangladesh to the Pope who gave a crest to the PM. The Pope also presented souvenirs to the prime minister's entourage.
The PM's meeting with the Pope came over two months after the spiritual leader visited Dhaka from November 31 to December 2.
The premier also had a meeting with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of state of Vatican City.
She visited Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basilica. The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, from where he carries out the religious and functionary papal activities.
St Peter's Basilica is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome.
Hasina arrived in Rome on Sunday evening on a four-day official visit to Italy and Vatican City to attend the 41st session of the governing council of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).