PM Hasina returns home ending 2-week visit to UK, France

Bangladesh's prime minister Sheikh Hasina, presents her national statement as part of the World Leaders' Summit of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland on 1 November 2021.AFP

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina returned home on Sunday morning, wrapping up her two-week visit to the United Kingdom and France.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying the prime minister and her entourage, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 7:24am.

Earlier, the flight left De Gaulle International Airport in Paris at 4:20pm (local time) on Saturday.

On 31 October, the prime minister left Dhaka for Scotland on the foreign visit to attend the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at Glasgow in Scotland, and Bangladesh Investment Summit 2021 in London and hand over the first ‘UNESCO-Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman International Prize for the Creative Economy’ in Paris.

During the tour, Hasina had meetings with British prime minister Boris Johnson, French president Emmanuel Macron, French prime minister Jean Castex, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and other heads of state or government.

Besides, she had meetings with UK's prince Charles, first minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Commonwealth secretary general Patricia Scotland, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, as well as other important dignitaries from different organisations and business bodies.

The prime minister left Scotland for London on 3 November and then went to Paris on 9 November.

In London, the prime minister inaugurated the ‘Bangladesh Investment Summit 2021: Building Sustainable Growth Partnerships’ and Roadshow on 4 November.

During her stay in Paris, she also attended the inaugural session of the 75th Founding anniversary of UNESCO and the Paris Peace Forum.

Sheikh Hasina also joined three civic receptions accorded to her by the Bangladeshi community living in Scotland, London and Paris.