PM Hasina to join world leaders in May 21 summit in Riyadh

PM Hasina to join world leaders in May 21 summit in Riyadh

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Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accepted the invitation of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud to a summit to be attended by US President Donald Trump and other world leaders in Riyadh on May 21.

The Gulf News online in a report said invitations were being sent to the leaders of the Saudi-led Islamic coalition members to participate in the Arab, Islamic and United States summit.

Bangladesh is one of the founding members of the 41-nation Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), which was floated by Saudi Arabia in December 2015.

Saudi Arabian Culture and Information Minister Awad bin Saleh Al-Awad, who visited Dhaka recently, handed the invitation letter to Hasina at the Gono Bhaban on Wednesday.

Officials said the PM would depart for Riyadh on May 20, but the itinerary of her tour was yet to be finalised.

According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), invitations were sent to the presidents of Algeria, Yemen, Turkey, Iraq, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, the premiers of Bangladesh and Pakistan and the kings of Bahrain, Morocco and Jordan.

The Arab-Islamic-American Summit will be among a series of talks expected to be held in Riyadh on May 20-21. The summit would cover a range of issues, including counter-terrorism and violent extremism.

Diplomatic sources in Dhaka and Riyadh said the Bangladesh PM’s participation in the summit carries a special significance. The summit will be a big opportunity for the premier to meet President Trump and some leaders of Muslim-majority countries.

On May 4, Trump announced that he would travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel this month, where he would work to reinvigorate traditional alliances in the region.

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