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PM Hasina leaves Tokyo for Washington DC

A Correspondent:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday left Dhaka for Washington DC after wrapping up her four-day official visit to Japan at the invitation of her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida.

A flight of the United Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage members took off from the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo around 15:55pm (Japan time) for Dallas International Airport in Washington DC to attend the ceremony marking a 50-year partnership between Bangladesh and the World Bank in Washington DC on May 1, PM’s Speechwriter M Nazrul Islam told BSS.

The flight is scheduled to land in the Dallas International Airport around 15:50pm (US time).

Ambassador of Bangladesh to the US Muhammad Imran will receive the prime minister at the airport.

The premier will leave Washington DC for London on May 4 to attend the coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as king and queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms.

Earlier on April 25, a special chartered VVIP flight (BG1403) of the Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage members landed at the Haneda International Airport, Tokyo at 4:45pm (local time) on the first leg of her 15-day official visit to Japan, the US and the UK.

Japan had rolled out a red carpet to welcome the Bangladeshi prime minister and gave her the static guard of honour at the airport.

During her visit to Japan, Dhaka and Tokyo signed eight instruments on agriculture, metro rail, industrial upgrade, ship recycling, customs matters, intellectual properties; defence cooperation, ICT and cyber security cooperation.

On April 26, Sheikh Hasina paid a courtesy call on Emperor of Japan Naruhito.

On the same day, she also held a bilateral meeting with her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida after the signing of the deals.

The premier also attended an investment summit and a community reception alongside handing over the “Friends of Liberation War Honour” to four Japanese nationals for their contribution to Bangladesh’s Liberation War in 1971 on April 27.

During her visit in Tokyo, the prime minister attended several additional bilateral meetings, including meeting with Japanese foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, and meeting with leaders of JAICA, JETRO, JEBIC, JBPFL and JBCCEC.

She also met the late former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife Akie Abe and a Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

Her sister Sheikh Rehana, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque, prime minister’s Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman F Rahman, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid and State Minister for Information and communication technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak along with the relevant high level government officials accompanied the prime minister during her visit to Japan.

The prime minister is expected to return home from London on May 9.

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