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PM returns home after tri-nation visit

PM returns home after tri-nation visit

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned home this morning wrapping up her 11-day tri-nation visit to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland. A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the PM and her entourage members landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka at 10:55 a.m.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, PM’s Security Adviser Major General (retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Jatiyo Sangsad Chief Whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury Liton, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali, State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell, secretaries concerned to the PM and high civil and military officials were present at the airport to receive the premier, local media reported.

Meanwhile, the leaders of Bangladesh Awami League and its associate bodies greeted the PM by presenting her with bouquets when she reached Ganabhaban from the airport. Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, too greeted her party leaders.

Sheikh Hasina left Helsinki for home on Friday afternoon (Finland time) concluding her five-day official visit to Finland, the third and final destination of her tri-nation tour.

A Qatar Airlines flight carrying the PM and her entourage members departed Helsinki International Airport in Finland for Doha around 7.05 p.m. (Finland time). Bangladesh Ambassador to Sweden Md Nazmul Islam saw the PM off at the airport. On her way home, the PM made a stopover in Qatar capital of Doha.

During her stay in Finland, Sheikh Hasina had a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto on Jun 4 and joined a community reception accorded to her by All European Awami League and Finland Awami League on Jun 5.

On Jun 3, the PM arrived in Helsinki from Jeddah winding up her three-day official tour to Saudi Arabia, the second destination of her tri-nation visit.

During her three-day stay in Saudi Arabia, the PM attended the 14th OIC Summit 2019 held in Makkah at the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. She also performed the holy Umrah in Makkah and offered Ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Great Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) in Madina.

On May 28, the Sheikh Hasina reached Tokyo, the capital of Japan, the first destination of her tri-nation visit. During her four-day stay in Japan. The two countries signed the 40th ODA deal involving US$ 2.5 billion after a bilateral meeting between Sheikh Hasina and her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

Besides, the premier attended the Nikkei International Conference on ‘The Future of Asia’ as a keynote speaker, joined a community reception accorded to her and attended a breakfast roundtable meeting with Japanese business leaders.

The Japanese family members of the Holey Artisan victims and JICA president Shinichi Kitaoka separately met Sheikh Hasina there.