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PM Hasina in Azerbaijan to attend NAM Summit

'Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join the summit along with other heads of state and government of the member states of the NAM'

Update : 24 Oct 2019, 12:33 AM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Baku on Thursday on a four-day official visit to Azerbaijan to attend the 18th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

The two-day summit of NAM, a forum of 120 developing countries, will be held at Baku Congress Centre in the Azerbaijan capital on Friday and Saturday, reports UNB.

A special Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying the prime minister and her entourage landed at Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport at 9:10pm (local time).

Azerbaijan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Ahmed oglu Mammad-Guliyev and Bangladesh Ambassador to Turkey M Allama Siddiki received her at the airport.

After a reception there, a ceremonial motorcade escorted her to Hilton Baku, where she will be staying during her trip.

Earlier, the Biman flight took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka for Baku at 4pm.

This morning, Sheikh Hasina was scheduled to join the welcome ceremony of the 18th NAM Summit.

Along with other NAM leaders, she will attend the opening ceremony of the summit at the Plenary Hall of the Baku Congress Centre.

She will later join the working luncheon for the heads of delegations at the Luncheon Hall of the centre, and the Plenary Session.

In the evening, the prime minister will attend the official reception to be hosted by Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev at the Heydar Aliyev Centre.

Tomorrow, she will join the Plenary Session, the working luncheon for the heads of delegation and the closing ceremony of the summit.

She will attend dinner to be hosted at Hilton Baku by the Bangladesh ambassador to Turkey, who is concurrently accredited to Azerbaijan.

On the sidelines of the summit, the prime minister is expected to meet a number of heads of state or government, foreign ministry sources said.

Concluding her four-day visit to Azerbaijan, Hasina will leave Baku for home by another special Biman flight at 11am (local time) on Sunday.

The flight is scheduled to land in Dhaka at 7:45pm (BST) the same day.

NAM was established in the midst of the collapse of the colonial system and the emancipatory struggle of the peoples of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and other regions of the world, and at the height of the Cold War.

Apart from the 120 member countries, NAM has 17 observer countries and 10 observer organisations. NAM had its first summit in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1961.

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