LONDON, April 22, 2018 (BSS) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves here this afternoon for home after wrapping up her eight-day official visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom.
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier and her entourage members will depart Heathrow International Airport in London for Dhaka at 6:20 pm local time.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Nazmul Qaunine will see the prime minister off at the airport.
The flight is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 9:15 am Bangladesh time tomorrow.
Sheikh Hasina paid a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia from April 15-16 at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to join the concluding ceremony of a joint grand military exercise named “Gulf Shield-1” in the Eastern Province of Al-Jubail.
After attending the concluding ceremony of the Gulf Shield-1, the prime minister departed Dammam for London in the evening on April 16 by a special aircraft of Saudi government to join the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Summit.
This year’s theme of the CHOGM Summit was – “Towards a Common Future”.
On April 19, Sheikh Hasina attended the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and official welcome hosted by the British Premier Theresa May.
She also joined a reception 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 spouse/partners at the Buckingham Palace.
On April 17, she attended 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, Westminster.
Sheikh Hasina joined a high-level programme organised by Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a prestigious think tank of the UK, as the keynote speaker on “Development Progress of Bangladesh: Policy, Progress and Prospect” the same day.
On April 18, the premier attended an event titled the “Asia leaders’ roundtable: Can Asia keep growing?” and joined the Welcome Reception followed by a dinner hosted by the British premier.
On the sidelines of 25th CHOGM, Sheikh Hasina held a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The UK chapter Awami League accorded a reception to the prime minister on April 21 at Methodist Central Hall in London for Bangladesh’s graduation to a developing country from a least developed one.