by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
The US presidential special envoy for climate John Kerry has arrived in Dhaka to hand over Joe Biden’s invitation to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to attend a virtual climate summit this month.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen received the US envoy as Kerry arrived at Dhaka airport wrapping up his India visit.
During his visit, Kerry will hand over the US President’s invitation to Bangladesh Premier in person to attend the “Leaders Summit on Climate” to be held on April 22 and 23.
Foreign ministry official said the summit will be held virtually. Forty leaders from across the world will join the summit.
Kerry is scheduled to hold a meeting with foreign minister Momen, then he will meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the afternoon.
Kerry and Momen will speak at a joint press briefing in Dhaka.
As the president of the Climate Vulnerable Forum and the Vulnerable Twenty Group of Finance Ministers, Bangladesh plays a leading role in combating climate change.
The Leaders Summit will underscore the urgency – and the economic benefits – of stronger climate action. It will be a key milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow.
President Biden took action on his first day in office to return the US to the Paris Agreement, which his predecessor Donald Trump aborted on the US part.