PM flies to Germany to attend security conf

PM flies to Germany to attend security conf

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She’s likely to raise Rohingya issue with Merkel
Dhaka, Feb 16 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left here for Germany on Thursday night on a four-day official visit to attend the Munich Security Conference (MSC) and hold bilateral talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.A flight of Etihad Airways carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:05pm and it will reach Munich International Airport on Friday morning via Abu Dhabi.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali is accompanying the Prime Minister.
Cabinet members, including Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, PM’s Political Affairs Adviser HT Imam, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, the chiefs of the three services and other high civil and military officials saw the Prime Minister off at the airport.
On her arrival in Munich, Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed will receive the Prime Minister at the airport. From the airport, she will go to Munich Marriott Hotel where she will be staying during her tour.
On the same morning, she will attend the opening session of the MSC. In the evening, Hasina will attend a reception to be hosted by the Lord Mayor of Munich.
On Saturday, the Prime Minister will hold a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
According to sources at the Foreign Ministry here, the meeting will cover various issues of bilateral relations, including trade, investment and climate change.
After holding the meeting, she will attend the panel discussion of ‘Climate Security: Good COP, Bad Cops’.
On the same evening, the Prime Minister will leave Munich for Dhaka via Abu Dhabi. She will arrive in Dhaka on the evening of February 19.
Over the past five decades, the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become the major global forum for the discussion of security policy.
Every year in February, it brings together over 450 senior decision-makers from around the world, including heads of state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organisations as well as high-ranking representatives of industries, media, academia, and civil society, to engage in intensive debates on current and future security challenges.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali at a press conference on Wednesday said Bangladesh will take up the Rohingya issue with Germany during the Prime Minister’s visit to Munich, aiming to mount pressure on Myanmar to repatriate its nationals from Bangladesh.
He said the whole world is with Bangladesh over the Rohingya issue while the United Nations has already criticised Myanmar in strong words for persecution of Rohingya people. – UNB

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