BSS-54 PM arrives in Riyadh





PM arrives in Riyadh

RIYADH, Oct 16, 2018 (BSS) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here
this evening on a four-day bilateral visit to the Kingdom Saudi Arabia (KSA)
at the invitation of Saudi King and Custodian of two Holy Mosques Salman bin
Abdulaziz Al Saud.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and
her entourage members landed at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh
at 6.50 pm (KSA time).

Governor of Riyadh Faisal bin Bandar Al Saud, Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi and
embassy officials received the prime minister at the airport.

Sheikh Hasina will hold a meeting tomorrow with the leaders of Council of
Saudi Chamber (CSC) and Riyadh Chamber of Commerce at her place of residence.

In the afternoon, she will have an audience with the Saudi King at Royal
Palace and the meeting will be followed by a lunch.

She will later inaugurate Bangladesh Chancery Building in the Diplomatic
Quarters, Riyadh.

The prime minister will depart Riyadh for Madinah by air tomorrow evening
to offer ziarat at Rowza of Holy Prophet (PBUH) at Masjid Al-Nabawi.

On Thursday, she will arrive in Jeddah where she will lay the foundation
stone of the Chancery Building of Bangladesh Consulate General.

Sheikh Hasina will perform Umrah in Makkah after Esha prayers.

She will return home from Jeddha on Friday morning.

During the visit, two instruments – a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on
defence cooperation and a MoU on ICT cooperation – would be signed between
Bangladesh and the KSA, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told a press
conference at the Foreign Ministry in Dhaka on Monday.

He said the issue of safe repatriation of Rohingyas will also be discussed
during the meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Saudi King.

Apart from the defence cooperation and Rohingya matters, issues related to
labour welfare, promotion of bilateral trade and investment, development
cooperation and greater unity and prosperity of Muslim Ummah are expected to
be discussed during the meeting of the two leaders, Mahmood said.

The foreign minister hoped that the visit would further strengthen the
relations between Bangladesh and the KSA in the days to come.

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