Red carpet rolled out as PM arrives in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, A red carpet was rolled out as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here this afternoon on a fourday official visit to attend the 14th conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

A special flight (BG1512) of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage members landed at the King Abdulaziz International Airport here at 5:25 pm (Saudi time).

Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, deputy governor of Makkah Region, received the prime minister at the airport.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the OIC Golam Mosih and Bangladesh Consul General in Jeddah FM Borhan Uddin were also present at the airport.

Upon her arrival at the airport, the premier was given a guard of honour by a smartlyturned out contingent of the Saudi Armed Forces.

From the airport, the premier went to Makkah to attend the OIC conference.

She will attend the opening ceremony of the OIC summit at Safa Palace, Makkah this evening.

Earlier, the premier departed Haneda International Airport, Tokyo around 9.45 am (local time) for Jeddah wrapping up her fourday official visit to Japan.

Japanese state minister for foreign affairs Toshiko Abe and Bangladeshi ambassador to Japan Rababa Fatima saw the premier off at the airport.

Saudi Arabia is hosting the 14th session of the OIC Islamic Summit in Makkah on May 31 and on June 1.

Sheikh Hasina will perform Umrah in Makkah on June 1.

On June 2 morning, the prime minister 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 June 3, the prime minister will depart Jeddah for Helsinki, Finland at 1:10 am (Saudi time).

She will land at Helsinki International Airport at 1pm (Finland time) the same day.

During her stay in Japan from May 28 to 31, the prime minister 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 expatriates.

She left Dhaka for Tokyo on May 28 on her 12day trination tour to Japan, Saudi Arabia and Finland.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)