Prime minister Sheikh Hasina went to Belgium on 24 October on a three-day (25-27) official visit to attend the "Global Gateway Forum" at the invitation of the European Commission (EC) president Ursula von der Leyen.

Later, she went to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to attend the international conference on "Women in Islam: Status and Empowerment" in Jeddah.

Saudi Arabia in coordination with the general secretariat of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) hosted the conference on 6-8 November.

The prime minister also performed Umrah and Ziarat of the Rawja Mubarak of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) in Medina on the side-line of the summit.

President Shahabuddin thanked prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her recent successful foreign visits.

The Bangabhaban spokesperson said the President and the prime minister exchanged pleasantries and inquired about each other's health during the meeting.

The prime minister wished president's early recovery as he recently underwent a cardiac bypass surgery in a Singapore hospital.

Earlier, on her arrival at Bangabhaban at about 11:15 am, president Shahabuddin and his wife Rebecca Sultana welcomed the prime minister with a bouquet.

The prime minister also presented a bouquet of flowers to the Head of the State and his spouse.

Secretaries concerned to the President and Prime Minister's Office (PMO) were present there.