Prime Minister of Bangaldesh Sheikh Hasina is set to leave Dhaka on Sunday to begin a two-nation visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom (UK).
The prime minister will visit Dammam, KSA at the invitation of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to join the concluding session of a 23-country joint military exercise named “Gulf Shield 1,” which will be held on Monday, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali told reporters on Thursday.
Gulf Shield 1 was organized by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defence with participants from the land, air, and naval forces of 23 countries, including Bangladesh, taking part in the month-long military exercise that began on March 18.
An 18-member delegation of the Bangladesh Armed Forces is taking part in the exercise.
After the military exercise, Hasina will leave Dammam for London to attend the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 at the invitation of British Prime Minister Theresa May.
British High Commissioner Alison Blake said the eyes of the Commonwealth look to the Summit in London which will bring together heads of governments representing 53 independent member states.
Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali said for the first time, Commonwealth member states have expressed solidarity with Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to highlight the current situation among the heads of other countries at the Commonwealth Summit,” he told reporters on Thursday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to return home on April 23.