DHAKA: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka Sunday (April 15) for Saudi Arabia on an eight-day official visit to there and the United Kingdom (UK).
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Dammam city of Saudi Arabia at 4.40 pm.
Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Minister for Road Transport and Bridges and General Secretary of Awami League Obaidul Quader, PM's Political Adviser HT Imam, Chief Whip ASM 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 tomorrow, 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.
Sheikh Hasina will leave Dammam for London Monday (April 16) by a special flight to join the CHOGM Summit.
On April 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.
Sheikh Hasina will join a high-level program to be organised by Overseas Development Institute (ODI), 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 April 18, Sheikh Hasina will attend the Asian leaders' roundtable - 'Can Asia keep growing?'
The prime minister will join the Welcome Reception followed by a dinner to be hosted by British Premier Theresa May in the afternoon.
On April 19, Sheikh 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 April 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 (RCS).
BDST: 1007 HRS, APR 15, 2018