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PM leaves home for London en route to Stockholm

DHAKA, June 13, 2017 (BSS)- Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left here today for London en route to Stockholm on a three-day bilateral visit to Sweden at the invitation of her Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven.

This will be the first bilateral visit by any head of government of Bangladesh to the Scandinavian country.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG-001) carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 12.10 noon.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Kader, PM's advisor HT Imam, chiefs of three services, UK high commissioner in Dhaka, were present, among others, at the airport to see the Prime Minister off.

The flight is scheduled to reach Heathrow International Airport in London at 6pm local time today. Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK Nazmul Quaunine will receive the Prime Minister at the airport.

After about 24-hour stopover in London, Sheikh Hasina will depart for Stockholm by a Scandinavian Airlines flight tomorrow afternoon.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who will lead a high-powered team including a 47-member business delegation, will hold official talks with Swedish Premier Stefan Lofven on June 15, said PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim.

The Prime Minister will also visit Swedish Parliament and hold meeting with acting Speaker Tobias Billstrom.

Sheikh Hasina will have an audience with Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at Royal Castle ahead of her scheduled official talks and lunch with Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

She is scheduled to attend a community reception in the evening on June 15 and Bangladesh-Sweden Business and Investment Forum on June 16.

She is expected to hold meetings with CEO of H and M Karl-Johan Persson and President of Investor Jacob Wallenberg, Vice-President of Investor Marcus Wallenberg and CEO of ABB Sweden Johan Soderstrom.

Concluding her three-day visit to Sweden, the Prime Minister will return home on June 17 via London.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)

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