Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for London this morning (Friday) en route to New York on a weeklong official visit to the United States to attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).The prime minister will address the 73rd Session of the UNGA at the UN Headquarters in New York in the evening (local time) of September 27 and have a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres the same day, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS today.
On the sidelines of the UNGA, she will also hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders including Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
The Bangladesh premier will attend a Welcome Reception to be hosted by US President Donald J. Trump, while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to call on Sheikh Hasina, the press secretary said.
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the premier will depart Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka for the British capital on Friday morning.
The flight is scheduled to arrive at Heathrow Airport in London at 3:55 pm local time the same day.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Nazmul Qaunine will receive the premier at the airport.
After making nearly a two-day stopover in the British capital, the prime minister will leave London for New York on Sunday morning by a British Airways flight.
The flight is scheduled to reach Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey at 1:40 pm local time.
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, a ceremonial motorcade will escort the prime minister to Hotel Grand Hyatt New York, where she will be staying during her visit to the USA.
On the first day of her visit to the USA, the premier will attend a reception to be accorded to her by the Bangladesh community in the United States at Hotel New York Hilton Midtown in the evening.
The premier will begin the second day of her visit by joining the High- level Event on Global Call to Action on World Drug Problem.
The Permanent Mission of the United States to the UN will arrange the event at the UN Headquarters (UNHQ).
The prime minister will take part in a group photo session prior to statements by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and US President Donald Trump.
The premier will later join the High-level Event on the ‘Global Compact on Refugees: A Model for Greater Solidarity and Cooperation’, to be organised by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees at ECOSOC Chamber in the UNHQ.
Sheikh Hasina will hold a meeting with her Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte at the Bilateral Meeting Booth, UNHQ.
The premier will attend a Luncheon Roundtable Meeting to be organised by the US Chamber of Commerce at Hotel Grant Hyatt New York.
In the afternoon, the premier is scheduled to address the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at the General Assembly Hall.
She will attend the Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York, to be organized by the World Economic Forum at the Convene Conference Centre in New York.
Sheikh Hasina will attend a Roundtable Discussion on Investment for Education of Women and Girls, convened by the Prime Minister of Canada in the Conference Room 11, UNHQ.
She will join a High-level Event titled Making Impossible Possible: Unlocking Human Potential through the International Finance Facility for Education to be organized by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education in the Conference Room 3, UNHQ.
In the evening, the Bangladesh premier will attend a Welcome Reception to be hosted by US President Donald J Trump at Lotte New York Palace Hotel.
On September 25, Sheikh Hasina will take part in a High-level Side-Event on Cyber Security and International Cooperation, organised by the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh and UN Office on Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) in the Conference Room 3, UNHQ.
The premier will attend an Official Luncheon to be hosted by the UN Secretary General at North Delegates Lounge, General Assembly Building.
In the afternoon, she will join the UN Secretary General’s High-level Event on Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) at Trusteeship Council Chamber, UNHQ.
On September 26, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini will separately call on the premier at the Bilateral Meeting Booth, UNHQ.
The prime minister will have a meeting with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid at the same place.
On September 27, Sheikh Hasina will attend a High-level Side-Event on the Situation of Rohingya Minority in Myanmar, to be organised by the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia and the OIC Secretariat in the Conference Room 12, UNHQ.
She will have a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the Secretary General’s Meeting Room, UNHQ, while President of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer will call on the premier at the Bilateral Meeting Booth, UNHQ.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to call on the Bangladesh prime minister the same day.
The premier will attend a High Level Discussion on “Economic Growth through Women’s Empowerment” to be hosted by the President of Lithuania in the Conference Room 3, UNHQ and expected to join a reception accorded by the Inter-Press Service (IPS) at UNHQ.
The Bangladesh prime minister will address the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly at the UNHQ in the evening and join the Annual Dinner of the Global Hope Coalition at Park Avenue, New York.
On September 28, the premier will address a press briefing at Bangladesh Permanent Mission in New York.
The prime minister will return home in the morning on October 1 via London, the press secretary said.