Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday returned home after a three-day visit to Sweden where she agreed with her Swedish counterpart to work jointly to combat terrorism.
During her visit, first-ever by any Bangladeshi head of the government, Hasina had talks with Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven.
A flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister landed in Dhaka in the morning. Senior members of the cabinet and civil and military officials received the Prime Minister at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.
Hasina led a high-powered team, including a 47-member business delegation, to boost cooperation between the South Asian country and European country.
She had an audience with Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf and visited Swedish Parliament and held meeting with acting Speaker Tobias Billstrom during her visit.
Hasina attended a community reception and Bangladesh-Sweden Business and Investment Forum. She also held meetings with CEO of H&M Karl-Johan Persson and President of Investor Jacob Wallenberg, Vice-President of Investor Marcus Wallenberg and CEO of ABB Sweden Johan Soderstrom.
During the official talks, the Swedish Prime Minister expressed his views on his country’s intention to assist Bangladesh in energy security and technology innovation.
Lofven also discussed Sweden’s interest in helping develop smart cities in Bangladesh.
Describing Bangladesh’s march towards development, Hasina said that the country has achieved a 7.24 per cent of GDP growth, noting the massive progress made by the country in different sectors.
Hasina also said that Sweden has always helped Bangladesh. The Swedish Prime Minister hoped that there was a huge potentiality for expanding cooperation in trade and business between the two countries.