Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka Saturday for Riyadh to join the Arab Islamic-American summit to be attended by most leaders of the Muslim world and the US President.
Hasina is expected to put forward Dhaka’s firmness in the summit to counter terrorism and violent extremism in the name of religion.
The two-day meet will kick off Sunday in the Saudi Capital.
A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage members took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 8.10 p.m.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Roads and Bridges Minister Obaidul Kader, PM’s Advisor HT Imam, Chief Whip ASM Firoz, chiefs of three services and Cabinet Secretary S Shafiul Alam saw her off at the airport.
Hasina is scheduled to arrive in Riyadh at 11.15 pm local time. She will be staying at Movenpick Hotel in Riyadh.
During her four-day visit, Hasina will also perform umrah at the Haram Sharif in Makkah and offer ziarat at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad in Madinah.
She will also join the inauguration of the Global Centre for Combating Extremist Thought.
Hasina will also join a lunch to be hosted by King Saud. She is scheduled to return home on May 24.
US President Donald Trump and 56 Arab and Muslim leaders will join the summit to discuss ways to combat extremism and illicit financing under the summit slogan “Together We Prevail”.