President returns home from Switzerland


DHAKA, Oct 27, 2018 (BSS)-President M Abdul Hamid returned home this morning after wrapping up his five-day official visit to Geneva of Switzerland

An Emirates flight carrying the President and his entourage members from Cointrin Airport, Geneva landed at Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport (HSIA) at 8.25 am.

On his arrival at the VVIP lounge of HSIA, he was received by Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon, dean of the diplomatic corps, the Swiss ambassador to Bangladesh, chiefs of the three services, foreign secretary, secretary of the Cabinet Division, secretary to PM, Inspector General of Police (IGP) and high civil and
military officials.

The President also made a two-hour stopover at Dubai, the UAE’s largest and populous city, en route to home. The flight carrying the President and his entourage left Dubai International Airport at 2:25 am (local time) by an Emirates Flight No EK 582.

President Hamid took part in the inaugural session of the five-day summit of the World Investment Forum 2018 on October 22-26 at Palais des Nations in Geneva, the United Nations Headquarters in Europe and a global hub for diplomacy and banking, under the theme “Investing in Sustainable Development”.

He delivered his speech in the Global Leaders Investment Summit putting emphasis on the right investment in human capital, their education and skilled development.

He also exchanged views with the world leaders and representatives of the participating countries in the investment forum.

The President also gave a patient hearing to the expatriate Bangladeshis and business community leaders in Switzerland at his place of residence there. He enquired about their wellbeing and asked them to work for the country upholding its image.

On the sidelines of the summit, President Hamid also delivered his speech on ‘The hardening of international relations: A risk to peace and security’ at the opening session of the 20th Homeland and Global Security Forum at Plenary Hall at the Grand Hotel Kempinski on Thursday.

In his speech, he highlighted the Rohingya crisis, terrorism, cyber security, climate change impacts on the bio-diversity, preparedness for natural disasters and some other global issues, specially peace and conflicts.

Earlier, the head of the state left Dhaka for Geneva on October 21.