Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka Sunday (Apr 15) for Saudi Arabia on an eight-day official visit to there and the United Kingdom. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the PM and members of her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Dammam city of Saudi Arabia in the afternoon, local media reports said.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Minister for Road Transport and Bridges and General Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League Obaidul Quader, PM's Political Adviser HT Imam, Chief Whip A S M 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 at the airport to see the premier off.
In Saudi Arabia, the premier will join a parade and concluding ceremony of a joint grand military exercise named ‘Gulf Shield-1’ in the Eastern Province of Al-Jubail Monday (Apr 16), and in the UK she will join the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Summit.
Sheikh Hasina will attend the concluding ceremony of Gulf Sheild-1 at the invitation of Saudi King and the custodian of the two holy mosques Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud. Hasina will leave Dammam for London Monday by a special flight to join the CHOGM Summit.
On Apr 17, she 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, Westminster.
Hasina will join a high-level program to be organised by Overseas Development Institute, 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 program.
On Apr 18, Hasina will attend the Asian leaders' roundtable 'Can Asia keep growing?' The PM will join the welcome reception followed by a dinner to be hosted by British PM Theresa May in the afternoon.
On Apr 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 spouse/partners at the Buckingham Palace.
On Apr 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.