LONDON: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the royal reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace on Friday evening.
US First Lady Michelle Obama, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and IOC President Jacques Rogge were among others present in the reception ceremony.
Sajeeb Wazed, eminent computer scientist and son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, was also present at the function.
Welcoming the guests including Sheikh Hasina, the Queen said: “In all our Olympic teams there is so much of which we can be proud of. Groups of young men and women dedicated to excellence and achievement across numerous sporting disciplines.”
“I wish you and your countries successful, enjoyable and memorable games,” said the Queen
Later, Sheikh Hasina attended the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium here.
Sajeed Wazed, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, State Minister for Youth and Sports Ahad Ali Sarkar and officials of the Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) were also present at the gala opening ceremony of the 30th Summer Olympics.
Earlier on July 25, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for London in a bid to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games-2012.
She attended an Iftar party hosted by UK-based Bangladeshi journalists at hotel St Pancras Renaissance in the evening.
Lord Ahmed of Wimbledon, also a British Conservative member of the House of Lords, met her on July 26.
On July 28, Hasina will meet with First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK and Northern Ireland, William Hague MP.
She will attend an Iftar to be hosted by UK Awami League at Park Plaza of Westminster Hotel on July 28.
During her visit, the PM will give interviews with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Sunday Times and Channel 4.
Hasina is expected to return home on July 29.
BDST: 1700 HRS, JUL 28, 2012
Edited by: Mohammed Humayun Kabir, Sr Newsroom Editor/M. Mahbub Alam, Asst Output Editor
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