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PM reaches NY to attend UNGA

PM reaches NY to attend UNGA
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Sunday to attend the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA M Shahidul Islam and Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Rabab Fatima welcome the premier. —PMO photo

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NEW YORK: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached here in USA on Sunday evening to attend the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

"A VVIP chartered flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG-1902) carrying the premier and her entourage members arrived at 5:40pm (local time) on Sunday at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York," Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS.

Bangladesh Ambassador to USA M Shahidul Islam and Bangladesh Permanent Representative to United Nations (UN) Ambassador Rabab Fatima received the Premier at the airport, he said.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, and State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, among others, are accompanying the Prime Minister.

A ceremonial motorcade later escorted Sheikh Hasina to Lotte New York Palace where she will be staying during her visit to USA.

After a two-day stopover in Helsinki, the Premier left the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport for New York at 4:16pm (the Finish capital time).

Earlier, on September 17, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Helsinki en route to New York, USA to attend the 76th UNGA. The Premier and her entourage members departed from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA), Dhaka for Helsinki at 9:23am on the same day.

En route to New York, Sheikh Hasina made the two-day stopover at Helsinki.

This is her maiden foreign tour after one and a half year since she visited Italy in February, 2020.

The Prime Minister will stay in New York till September 24 as part of an official visit to attend the UNGA and a number of high-level events there. During her stay in New York, Sheikh Hasina will address the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters on September 24.

The Prime Minister will present her address in Bangla like the previous years following the footprint of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who had delivered his historic speech at the UN in Bangla in 1974.