PM leaves for 5-day visit
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left yesterday afternoon for Bangkok by a Thai Airways flight en route to Seoul on a five-day visit to South Korea and Malaysia.
The plane carrying the premier and her entourage left Hazrat Shajalal International Airport at 1:50pm.
Hasina made a stopover at Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, yesterday afternoon on way to South Korea.
High officials of the Thai government and Bangladesh's Ambassador to Thailand Qazi Imitiaz Hossain received the PM at Suvarnabhumi International Airport at about 4:00pm.
Hasina will reach Seoul tomorrow morning to begin her 3-day state visit to South Korea.
In Seoul, Hasina will hold bilateral talk with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on May 18. The two leaders will discuss cooperation on trade, energy and development during the talk, officials said.
Several MoUs will be signed between the two countries on Infrastructure development, economic assistance, environment and cultural exchange.
The bilateral trade between the two countries amounted to US$ 1.1 billion in 2009.
On May 17, Hasina will deliver keynote address at the opening ceremony of Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
Besides, the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry will arrange a luncheon meeting in honour of the premier.
The PM is also scheduled to have bilateral talks with Maanee Lee, Minister of Environment, and Choi Kyung-Hwan, Minister of Knowledge Economy, at the Presidential suite.
Hasina will visit the Hanging project of Seoul Metropolitan Government on the River Han.
She will leave Seoul on May 18 afternoon for Kuala Lumpur where she will hold talks with her Malaysian counterpart Najib bin Razak focusing on recruitment of Bangladeshi workers and expansion of bilateral trade and investment.
In Kuala Lumpur, Hasina will also address the inaugural session of the three-day 6th World Islamic Economic Forum, which will begin on May 18.
The PM is scheduled to return home on May 21.
Deputy Leader of Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Agriculture Minister Motia Chowdhury, Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and the three services chiefs, among others, were present at the airport to see off the PM.