PM off to KSA, UK
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) on an eight-day official visit to KSA and the United Kingdom (UK).
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Dammam city of Saudi Arabia at 4:40 pm on Sunday.
Agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury, Road Transport and Bridges minister and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, PM's political adviser HT Imam, chief whip ASM Firoz, chiefs of air and naval staffs, charge-d'-affairs of Saudi Arabia, British High Commissioner in Dhaka and senior civil and military officials were present to see her off at the airport, added BSS.
In Saudi Arabia, the premier will attend the concluding ceremony of a joint grand military exercise Gulf Sheild-1 in the Eastern Province of Al-Jubail, upon an invitation from the Saudi King.
Saudi Arabia organised the month-long military exercise aimed at further increasing security cooperation in the gulf region with the participation of its 23 friendly countries. An 18-member delegation of Bangladesh Armed Forces is participating in the exercise that began on March 18.
Other countries participating in the military drill are - the USA, the UK, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Mauritania, Malaysia, Pakistan, Chad, Djibouti, Niger, Comoros, Afghanistan, Oman, Guyana, Turkey, and Burkina Faso.
Hasina will leave Dammam for London on Monday afternoon by a special flight to join the CHOGM Summit in the UK. The Summit this year comes with the theme- "Towards a Common Future".
On April 17, the prime minister will attend the Commonwealth Women Forum as a presenter at the session on "Educate to empower: Making equitable and quality primary education and secondary education a reality for girls across the Commonwealth" at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster.
The premier will also join a high-level programme to be organised by Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a prestigious think tank of the UK, in the afternoon.
She will be the keynote speaker on "Development Progress of Bangladesh: Policy, Progress and Prospect" in the programme.
On April 18, Sheikh Hasina will attend the Asian leaders' roundtable- 'Can Asia keep growing?'
The prime minister will join the Welcome Reception followed by a dinner to be hosted by British Premier Theresa May in the afternoon.
On April 19, Hasina will attend the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and official welcome ceremony to be hosted by the British premier.
She will join a reception to be hosted by Commonwealth secretary general Patricia Scotland QC and a presentation and reception followed by a dinner of Queen Elizabeth II in honour of Heads of Government and their families at the Buckingham Palace.
On April 20, the prime minister will attend three retreat sessions and the closing executive session of the summit.
On April 21, she will attend a reception for participating Commonwealth Heads of Government and the Queen's Birthday Party Concert to be organized by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS).
The prime minister will join a community reception the same day.
Besides, Sheikh Hasina will call on heads of government of different countries on the sidelines of the summit. She will return home on April 23.