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PM leaves Japan for Saudi Arabia to attend OIC Summit

PM leaves Japan for Saudi Arabia to attend OIC Summit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Totyo this morning for Saudi Arabia to attend the 14th conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) wrapping up her four-day official visit to Japan.

The premier departed Haneda International Airport, Tokyo around 9.45 a.m. (local time) for Jeddah by a special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Japanese state minister for foreign affairs Toshiko Abe and Bangladeshi ambassador to Japan Rababa Fatima saw the premier off at the airport, reports said.

The flight will reach the King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah in the afternoon (Saudi time). From there, the premier will go to Makkah to attend the OIC conference. In the evening, she will attend the opening ceremony of the OIC summit at Safa Palace, Makkah.

Saudi Arabia is hosting the 14th session of the OIC Islamic Summit in Makkah on May 31 and on Jun 1. Sheikh Hasina will perform Umrah in Makkah on Jun 1.

On Jun 2 morning, the PM will depart Jeddah for Madinah by air and offer Fateha at the Rawza Mubarak (grave) of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). In the evening she will leave Madinah for Jeddah by air.

On Jun 3, the PM will depart Jeddah for Helsinki, Finland. She will land at Helsinki International Airport at in the noon (Finland time) the same day.

During her stay in Japan from May 28 to 31, the PM held bilateral talks with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

After the talks, Bangladesh and Japan signed their 40th Official Development Assistance (ODA) deal involving US$ 2.5 billion for implementing four projects.

The premier addressed the 25th Nikkei International Conference in Tokyo as one of the keynote speakers and attended several meetings including a community reception by Bangladeshi’s expatriates.

She left Dhaka for Tokyo on May 28 on her 12-day tri-nation tour in Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland.