PM Hasina arrives in Scotland to attend COP26

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She is set to address the key segment of the summit Monday, apart from joining the opening ceremony

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Glasgow, the port city of Scotland, on Sunday afternoon on a two-week visit to the United Kingdom and France — to attend the COP26 world leaders’ summit and other high-level events.

“A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at the Prestwick Airport in Glasgow at 2:55pm (local time),” the prime minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS.
Bangladeshi High Commissioner to the UK Saida Muna Tasneem received the prime minister at the airport.

The prime minister, who left the Hazrat Shajalal International Airport in Dhaka for Glasgow at 9:27am Sunday, is scheduled to return home on November 14.

According to the scheduled program, she will stay in Glasgow on November 1-2, in London on November 3-8, and in Paris on November 9-13.

The prime minister will address the COP26 main event alongside taking part in its inaugural session on Monday.

She is expected to inaugurate a roadshow in the UK on Thursday to attract more foreign direct investment in Bangladesh and will attend the “Bangladesh Investment Summit 2021: Building Sustainable Growth Partnership.”
She will also hand over the “Unesco-Bangladesh, and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for the Creative Economy” at the Unesco Headquarters in Paris.

During her stay in the UK and France, she will hold bilateral meetings with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, apart from other heads of state and government.

The UK’s Prince Charles and Bill Gates, the founder of Bill and Melinda Gates, will also pay courtesy calls on the prime minister.

During her stay in Glasgow, on Monday morning, the prime minister will attend a side event titled “CFV-Commonwealth High level Panel Discussion on Climate Prosperity Partnership” at the Commonwealth pavilion on Scottish Event Campus.
The premier will hold a meeting with Commonwealth General Secretary Patricia Scotland QC. She will attend the inaugural ceremony of the COP26 and address the program at the same venue.

Sheikh Hasina will also hold a bilateral meeting with Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa.

The premier will then attend the meeting of the leaders titled “Action and solidarity-the Critical Decade” at the British Pavilion.

That afternoon, Bill Gates will pay a courtesy call on her.

The premier will also attend a VVIP reception of the COP26.

In the evening, Sheikh Hasina will virtually attend a civic reception to be accorded by the Bangladeshi community living in Scotland.

On Tuesday morning, she will attend a high-level panel on “Women and Climate Change” at the COP26 venue.
She will hold a meeting with the first minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, at the bilateral meeting booth. She will later attend the Commonwealth Reception.

In the afternoon, Prince Charles will call on her.

The premier will hold a bilateral meeting with Boris Johnson in the UK meeting room.

She will also call on Australian Prime Minister Morrison at the bilateral meeting booth.

Sheikh Hasina will attend a side event titled “Forging a CVF COP26 Climate Emergency Pact” at meeting Room-4 of the ground floor.

The premier will attend the closing ceremony of the World Leaders Summit.

In the evening, she will attend a program at the Scottish Parliament to be hosted by Speaker of the parliament Alison Johnstone.
She will address a program on “Bangladesh Vision for Global climate prosperity” at the Scottish Parliament.

On November 3, the prime minister and her entourage will leave Glasgow for London by a VVIP Biman flight at noon.

On that day, Speaker of the British Parliament Sir Lindsay Hoyle will pay a courtesy call on her.

The premier will attend some important events there including “Bangladesh Investment Summit 2021: Building Sustainable Growth Partnership”, and a civic reception of the Bangladesh community living in London.

On November 9, she will leave London for Paris by a VVIP Biman flight in the morning.

Sheikh Hasina will call on French President Macron at the Elyse Palace on that day.
On the same day, she will also hold a bilateral meeting with French Prime Minister Jean Castex at his official residence.

The prime minister will also attend some important events there, including the prizegiving ceremony of the “Unesco-Bangladesh, and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for the Creative Economy” at the Unesco Headquarters and the 75th anniversary of the Unesco at the same venue.

Sheikh Hasina will virtually attend a civic reception of the Bangladesh community living in France on November 13.

She is expected to leave Paris for home on November 13 and reach Dhaka on November 14.
BSS

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