PM off to Munich

DHAKA - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left here for Munich tonight on a three-day official visit to Germany to attend the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC).

The three-day Munich Security Conference (MSC), an annual conference on international security policy, kicks off tomorrow in the southern German city of Munich, also the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria.

During the visit, the Bangladesh premier will also hold bilateral talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

An Etihad Airways flight (EY 253) carrying the premier and her entourage members took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here at 10.05 pm.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, PM's Advisers HT Imam and Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Jatiya Sangsad Chief Whip ASM Firoz, cabinet secretary, chiefs of three services and high civil and military officials were present at the airport to see the premier off.

The flight is scheduled to reach Munich International Airport at 6.05 am tomorrow local time after making a one hour stopover at Abu Dhabi International Airport on its way to Munich. Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed will receive the prime minister at the airport.

After the reception at the airport, the prime minister in a ceremonial motorcade will be taken to Munich Marriott Hotel at Berliner Strasse, where she will be staying during the visit.

In the afternoon, Sheikh Hasina will attend the opening ceremony of the Munich Security Conference. In the evening, she will join a reception to be hosted by Mayor of Munich in honour of the guests of the conference.

The prime minister will hold a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on February 18 and will also take part in a panel discussion on 'Climate Security: Good COP, Bad COPs".

In the evening, she will leave Munich for Dhaka and is expected to reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8 pm on Sunday after making over a six-hour stopover in Abu Dhabi.

Twenty heads of states and government will join the Munich Conference which is being considered as the 'Best Think Tank Conference' in the present discourses on world security, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told a media briefing in Dhaka on Wednesday.

Munich Security Conference started its journey in 1963. Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for the discussion of security policy.

Each February, it brings together senior decisionmakers from around the world, including heads of state and government, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, as well as high ranking representatives of industry, media, academia, and civil society, to engage in an intensive debate on current and future security challenges.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)