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PM flies to Canada, USA Wednesday

2016-09-13 14:34:09
PM flies to Canada, USA Wednesday

Thereport24.com Desk:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for Canada and the United States on Wednesday morning on an 11-day official visit to the two North American nations.

On her way to Canada and the USA, the prime minister would make a 22-hour stopover in the British capital of London, reports BSS.

In the first leg of her tour, the premier will pay a four-day visit to Canada from Sept 15-18 to attend the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund (GF) at the invitation of her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau.

In the second leg (of tour), Sheikh Hasina will visit the USA from Sept 18-25 to join the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Canada hosts the GF's Replenishment Conference to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Montreal on September 16-17.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines is scheduled to take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for London at 9.50 am tomorrow with Sheikh Hasina and her entourage members on board.

The flight is expected to reach Heathrow International Airport in the British capital at 4.05 pm (London time) the same day and after the 22-hour stopover in the British capital, the premier would leave for the Canadian city of Montreal by an Air Canada flight at 2.05 pm (London time) on September 15.

The flight is scheduled to reach Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Montreal at 4.15 pm (Montreal time) the same day when the Bangladesh leader would be received by a Canadian federal minister and Bangladesh High Commissioner in Ottawa Mizanur Rahman.

After the reception at the airport, Sheikh Hasina would be escorted by a ceremonial motorcade to Hotel Omni Mont-Royal, Montreal where she will be staying during her visit to Canada.

On September 16, the premier will attend the opening of the Replenishment Conference to be held at Hyatt Regency Montreal. She will later join the Ministerial Pledging Moment and official reception of the conference with other heads of state and government at the same hotel in the afternoon.

The Bangladesh prime minister will also attend the official dinner to be hosted by her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau at Hyatt Regency Montreal.

On September 17, Sheikh Hasina would join the opening of the second day conference along with the Canadian premier and Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybal.

On the same day, she will attend the Panel Discussion-1 titled "Removing Barriers to Health through Empowering Women and Girls and Reaching the Most Marginalised" and the Panel Discussion-2 titled "Engaging and Mobilising Youth to meet the Sustainable Development Goals".

The premier will join the official lunch to be hosted jointly by the Canadian prime minister and Governor General of Canada Rt. Hon. David Johnston.

She will later attend the closing session of the conference. The Bangladesh prime minister will hold a bilateral meeting with her Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau.

She will hand over the "Friends of Liberation War Honour" award to Justin Trudeau.

The Bangladesh government posthumously awarded the honour to Justin's father Pierre Trudeau, the then PM of Canada, for his outstanding support and contribution during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.

Sheikh Hasina will also enjoy a concert along with other heads of state and government to be organized by Global Fund and Global Citizen.

On September 18, Sheikh Hasina would leave Montreal for New York by an Air Canada flight at 1.40 pm (Montreal time).

The flight is scheduled to reach La Guardia Airport, New York at 3 pm (New York time) the same day.

Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin and Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen will welcome the premier at the airport.

After the reception at the airport, the premier will be escorted by a ceremonial motorcade to Hotel Waldorf Astoria, New York where she will reside during her stay in New York.

On September 19, Sheikh Hasina will deliver country statement in a High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants at the UN headquarters.

She will co-chair the Roundtable-5 "Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration: Towards Realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Achieving Full Respect for the Human Rights of Migrants."

On September 20, Sheikh Hasina will attend the opening session of the General Debate of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly.

She will later join the "Asian Leaders' Forum on Countering Terrorism" to be hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Hotel Marriot Eastside.

The Bangladesh premier will also attend a side-event on South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Scaling up Innovation in Public Service Delivery to be organised by Bangladesh, UN Office for South-South Cooperation at the Conference Room 2 of the UN headquarters.

The primer is expected to attend the Leaders' Summit on Refugees to be organised by US President Barak Obama. She is likely to participate in a reception to be hosted by Barak Obama.

On September 21, the Bangladesh prime minister is scheduled to join the Launching Event of the Global Deal Initiative on enhanced social dialogue for decent work and inclusive growth to be organized by Swedish Premier Stefan Lo"fven.

She will attend the Meeting of High-level Panel on Water at the Conference Room 8 of the UN headquarters.

The prime minister will deliver the statement at the General Debate of the 71st Session of the UNGA at the General Assembly Hall in the afternoon the same day.

She will also attend a luncheon reception to be hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters and a luncheon meeting to be hosted by the Business Council of International Understanding (BCIU) at Hotel Waldorf Astoria

She will attend a reception to be organized by the Bangladesh community at Hotel Grand Hyatt, New York on Sept 21 and address a press briefing at Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York on Sept 22.

On the sidelines of the UNGA, Sheikh Hasina will hold bilateral meetings with a number of heads of state and government including State Counsellor and Foreign Minister of Myanmar Aung Saan Suu Kyi, Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann as well as Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Janet Scotland, Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum (WEF) Klaus Schwab and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

On September 22, the premier will leave New York for Virginia by road and on September 25, she would depart Dulles International Airport, Washington DC for home by an Emirates Airways flight.

The flight carrying Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka via Dubai at 5.20 pm (BST) on September 26.

Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, among others, will accompany the premier during her visit to Canada, while LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc, PM's ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy, State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Foreign Ministry Dr Dipu Moni, MP, among others, will accompany Sheikh Hasina during her tour to the USA.

Ends/thereport24.com/S/Sept 13, 2016

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