The prime minister will return home on October 1
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reached New York to attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
A British Airways flight carrying the premier and her entourage members from London landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey on Monday morning (Bangladesh time).
Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA Mohammad Ziauddin and Bangladesh Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Masud Bin Momen welcomed the premier at the airport.
After the reception at the airport, a ceremonial motorcade escorted the prime minister to Hotel Grand Hyatt New York, where she will be staying during her visit to the USA.
Earlier, the prime minister made nearly two-day stopover in the London en route to New York.
Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Nazmul Qaunine saw the premier off at the airport, reports the BSS.
The prime minister will address the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York on September 27. She will also hold a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the same day.
On the sidelines of the UNGA, she will also hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders including Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
The Bangladesh premier will attend a Welcome Reception to be hosted by US President Donald Trump, while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to call on Sheikh Hasina.
This year’s theme of the general debate is “Making the United Nations relevant to all people: Global leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable societies.”
Sheikh Hasina will place some specific proposals in continuation of her previous five-point proposal for resolving the Rohingya crisis, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said in a press conference at the Foreign Ministry on September 20.
Apart from the Rohingya issue, the prime minister will also discuss world peace, safe migration, the rights of Palestine people, women empowerment, and climate change, the foreign minister said.
“She will also present Bangladesh’s different socioeconomic advancements, including establishment of digital Bangladesh and the country’s ongoing democratic process to world leaders,” he said.
During the UNGA, Mahmood Ali said the prime minister will receive two awards.
He said Inter Press Service (IPS), a global news agency, will give its prestigious “International Achievement Award” to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her dynamic and farsighted leadership in addressing the Rohingya crisis while Global Hope Coalition will confer on her “2018 Special Recognition for Outstanding Leadership Award.”
The prime minister will return home in the morning on October 1 via London, the press secretary said.