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PM may leave for US tomorrow to attend UNGA

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 16 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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PM may leave for US tomorrow to attend UNGA

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is likely to leave for New York tomorrow to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

She will address the UNGA session on September 24.

This will be her first overseas visit since the outbreak of Covid-19 in March 2020. The premier made her last overseas visit to Italy in February of that year.  Her upcoming visit to the United States is seen very important. 

Earlier, Sheikh Hasina delivered speech at the UNGA for 17 times.

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday opened its 76th session, with the UNGA president and the UN chief imploring member states to embrace hope and strengthen unity after a challenging year of climate disasters, conflict, and COVID-19. 

Diplomatic sources said 83 heads of state and government have personally announced their intention to attend and 26 have applied for a recorded performance in the 76th session of UNGA.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen will formally announce the visit of Prime Minister at a curtain raiser press briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at 3m today.

Highly placed sources confirmed that officials have completed all preparations for her in-person visit and she is expected to depart Dhaka on September 17 and reach at JFK Airport in New York on September 19.

This time she will lead apparently a smaller delegation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen,  Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajib Wajed Joy, PM’s daughter Saima Wajed Putul, and high profile political leaders and officials will accompany the Prime Minister.

She is expected to meet with participating heads of state and government and UN officials during the UNGA. Apart from her in- person address to the UNGA, the Bangladesh Prime Minister will speak to the media and deliver address to the expatriate Bangladeshis through digital platform.

After attending the UNGA, the Prime Minister is expected to visit Washington DC on September 25 when she is expected to hold meeting with high profile US leadership. Most of her meeting is likely to take place virtually.

Diplomatic sources said the 76th session of the UNGA, the largest UN event, will be held on a limited scale because of the pandemic.

The 75th session of the UNGA was held virtually in 2020 -- a rare occurrence in UN's history. Heads of governments and states from various corners of the world had sent their recorded speeches to the event last year.