Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left Dhaka for Baku on a four-day trip to Azerbaijan to attend the 18th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
The two-day summit of the forum of 120 developing nations, expected to be attended by heads of the government and or states, will begin at the Baku Congress Centre on Friday.
Hasina is expected to meet a number of heads of state or government on the sideline of the summit, foreign ministry officials said.
The prime minister is scheduled to return home on Sunday.
Senior ministers, high civil military officials and dean of the diplomatic corps saw the Prime Minister off at Dhaka airport.
The NAM is a forum of 120 developing world states that are not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. After the United Nations, it is the largest grouping of states worldwide.
Drawing on the principles agreed at the Bandung Conference in Indonesia in 1955, the NAM was established in 1961 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia through an initiative of the then Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and ex-Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito.
Venezuela’s Margarita Island hosted the 17th NAM Summit in 2016. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is the current chairperson of the NAM.