Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached New York on Sunday to attend the United Nationals General Assembly after her four-day visit to Montreal in Canada, officials said on Monday.
She will be in the United States until September 25. Hasina will join the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly and others related events, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangatha news agency.
In Canada, the Prime Minister attended the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund.
An Air Canada flight carrying Sheikh Hasina and her entourage members arrived at La Guardia Airport of New York at 3 pm (New York time).
Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin and Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen greeted the premier at the airport.
Hasina will co-chair the Roundtable 5 “Global Compact for Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration: Towards Realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Achieving Full Respect for the Human Rights of Migrants.”
She will join the opening session of the General Debate of the 71stSession of the UN General Assembly on September 20. On the following day, Hasina will deliver statement at the General Debate of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly.
She will later attend the Asian Leaders’ Forum on Countering Terrorism to be hosted by Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe at Hotel Marriot Eastside.
The Prime Minister will also attend a side-event on South-South and Triangular Cooperation on Scaling up Innovation in Public Service Delivery to be organised by Bangladesh, and UN Office for South-South Cooperation at the Conference Room 2 of the UN headquarters.
Hasina is likely to attend the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees to be organised by US President Barak Obama while she is expected to take part in a reception to be hosted by Barak Obama.
The prime minister is scheduled to join the Launching Event of the Global Deal Initiative (on enhanced social dialogue for decent work and inclusive growth) to be organized by Swedish Premier Stefan Löfvén on September 21.
She will also join the a luncheon reception to be hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters and a luncheon meeting to be hosted by the Business Council of International Understanding (BCIU) at Hotel Waldorf Astoria.
She will participate a reception to be organized by the Bangladesh community in New York at Hotel Grand Hyatt on Sept 21 and address a press briefing at Permanent Mission of Bangladesh in New York on Sept 22.
On the sidelines of the UNGA, Hasina is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with a number of heads of state and government including State Counsellor and Foreign Minister of Myanmar Aung Saan Suu Kyi, President of Switzerland Johann Schneider-Ammann as well as Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland and the Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum (WEF) and the World Bank president.
Hasina left Dhaka on Wednesday for Montreal as she was on an 11-day official trip to Canada and the United States. She is likely to return home on September 26.