She is visiting the UK to attend a conference of Bangladeshi envoys in Europe, as well as for eye treatment
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to fly out for London on Friday to attend a conference with Bangladeshi envoys posted across Europe, as well as to follow-up on her eye treatment, officials concerned said on Wednesday.
Bangladesh envoys to 15 European nations – the UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland – will attend the conference at a hotel in London on Saturday, they told Dhaka Tribune.
After the conference, the prime minister will follow up on her eye treatment following the cataract surgery she had in May.
The prime minister is likely to return home on August 5, the officials said.
This will be one of the longest visits to abroad by the prime minister since she assumed office in January 2009.
At the conference, Sheikh Hasina will discuss and provide directives on various issues with the Bangladeshi envoys in Europe.
A priority topic on the conference agenda is putting more effort into enhancing Bangladesh’s image in Europe and increasing trade and attracting more investment in the country, government officials said.
The prime minister will also discuss the celebrations of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s 100th birth anniversary in 2020, as well as the 50th year of the country’s independence.
She will ask the Bangladesh envoys to utilize these two events to brand Bangladesh in a better way to Europe and the world.
Sheikh Hasina will also ask the envoys to try to work harder in order to persuade the European nations to do more in resolving the Rohingya crisis, and hold the perpetrators behind the atrocities committed in Rakhine accountable.
Among other things on the agenda are climate change, irregular migration, post-Brexit situation and its impact on Bangladesh, and addressing possible issues to improve Bangladesh’s diplomatic operations in Europe.