PM flies to Qatar today
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave for Doha today for a two-day official visit to Qatar to attend the three-day 9th US-Islamic World forum.
The forum, convened by the Brookings Project on US Relations with the Islamic World, in partnership with the State of Qatar, will take place in Doha from May 29 to 31.
The theme for this year's forum is, "New Voices, New Directions," emphasising the challenges of change.
Policy makers and officials, leaders, activists, entrepreneurs and journalists will meet during sessions to facilitate productive dialogue concerning problems faced in US relations with the Muslim world.
The Forum will discuss political changes in the Arab countries, the leading forces inspiring and shaping cultural development across the Muslim world, the power of non-state actors, and the new geopolitical challenges.
Hasina will lead a 38-member delegation, which includes Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, Ambassador-at-Large Mohammad Ziauddin and high officials from the Prime Minister's Office and foreign ministry.
Sheikh Hasina will deliver a keynote speech at the gala dinner keynote speeches session scheduled for this evening (May 29) at Wosail Ball Room of the Ritz Carlton Hotel.
Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani, Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, and Ambassador Martin S. Indyk, vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., will also address the gala dinner session.
Sheikh Hasina will leave Doha at 9:10am (local time) tomorrow and is expected to return home at 6:00pm.