Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday (May 2) described her recent three-nation visits as very important, saying it brightened further Bangladesh's image in international arena.
"My visits to Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and Australia took place within a short time and all of them are very important . . . it's my firm belief that Bangladesh's image has been brightened further in the international forum through it," she told at a press conference at Ganabhaban in the afternoon, local media reports said.
The premier said the first leg of the tri-nation tour took her to Saudi Arabia's Dammam on Apr 15 at Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's invitation to the concluding ceremony of a joint grand military exercise named "Gulf Shield-1".
"I also exchanged greetings with the Saudi King and other heads of state and government," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said her six-day UK visit to join the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2018 was of high importance from the perspective of member countries and particularly Britain against the backdrop of BREXIT.
Finance Minister A M A Muhith, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali, Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam were present on the dais.
Besides, Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, PM's Advisers HT Imam and Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, State Minister for Information Tarana Halim and senior leaders of Bangladesh Awami League and editors and senior journalists were present, while PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim moderated the ceremony.