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  20 Sep 2021, 10:04
Update : 20 Sep 2021, 11:20

PM reaches New York to attend 76th UNGA

   NEW YORK, Sept 20, 2021 (BSS) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached here
in USA on Sunday evening to attend the 76th United Nations General Assembly
(UNGA).

  "A VVIP chartered flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG-1902) carrying
the premier and her entourage members arrived at 5:40pm (local time) on
Sunday at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York," Prime
Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS.

  Bangladesh Ambassador to USA M Shahidul Islam and Bangladesh Permanent
Representative to United Nations (UN) Ambassador Rabab Fatima received the
Premier at the airport, he said.

   Foreign Minister Dr A.K. Abdul Momen, and State Minister for Foreign
Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, among others, are accompanying the Prime Minister.

  A ceremonial motorcade later escorted Sheikh Hasina to Lotte New York
Palace where she will be staying during her visit to USA.

   After a two-day stopover in Helsinki, the Premier left the Helsinki-Vantaa
Airport for New York at 4:16 pm (the Finish capital time).

   Earlier, on September 17, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Helsinki en
route to New York, USA to attend the 76th UNGA.

   The Premier and her entourage members departed from the Hazrat Shahjalal
International Airport (HSIA), Dhaka for Helsinki at 9:23 am on the same day.

  En route to New York, Sheikh Hasina made the two-day stopover at Helsinki.

   This is her maiden foreign tour after one and a half year since she
visited Italy in February, 2020.

   The Prime Minister will stay in New York till September 24 as part of an
official visit to attend the UNGA and a number of high-level events there.

   During her stay in New York, Sheikh Hasina will address the General Debate
of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN
Headquarters on September 24.

   The Prime Minister will present her address in Bangla like the previous
years following the footprint of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh
Mujibur Rahman who had delivered his historic speech at the UN in Bangla in
1974.

   On September 20, Sheikh Hasina will attend a closed-door meeting with a
group of heads of state or government on climate change to be convened by
United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Boris Johnson and UN Secretary General
Antonio Guterres.

   Later, she will plant a tree and dedicate a bench at the UN Gardens in
North Lawn of the UN Headquarters in honour of Father of the Nation
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of his birth centenary.

   In the afternoon, the Prime Minister is scheduled to join a virtual
programme titled "Sustainable Development Solutions Network".

   On September 21, Sheikh Hasina will join the General Debate's opening
session at the UN Headquarters, while she will also attend the 'Business
Roundtable: US-Bangladesh Business Council' to be organized by Bangladesh
Ambassador to the USA.

   On September 22, the Premier will join a high-level meeting of the General
Assembly to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban
Declaration and Programme of Action.

   She will also participate in the 'White House Global Covid-19 Summit:
Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better' and is scheduled to deliver a
speech in the event.

   In the afternoon on that day, Sheikh Hasina will attend a High Level side
event on 'Rohingya crisis: Imperatives for a sustainable solution' and is
expected to deliver a pre-recorded speech there.

   On September 23, the Prime Minister will attend an 'Event of Leaders'
network on 'Delivering on the UN Common Agenda: Action to Achieve Equality
and Inclusion' to be organised by Swedish Mission to the UN.

   She will also join the Food Systems Summit as part of the decade of action
to achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030 to be convened by the UN
Secretary General at the UN Headquarters.

   On the sidelines of the UNGA in New York, Sheikh Hasina will hold
bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders.

   They include Prime Minister of Denmark Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister
of Barbados Ms. Mia Amor Mottley Q.C., Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark
Rutte, Queen M xima of the Netherlands, President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed
Solih and President of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Phyc.

   Besides, she will hold bilateral talks with UN Secretary General Antonio
Guterres and President of EU Council Charles Michel.

   The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Washington D.C. during September
25-30 after her participation in the UNGA session and other events in New
York.

   After wrapping up her USA visit, Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to leave
Washington for Dhaka on September 30 and will return home on October 1
following a stopover in Helsinki.

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