President Abdul Hamid leaves for South Africa on Monday on a three-day visit to attend an emotional farewell to Nelson Mandela - a funeral that will draw an unprecedented gathering of world leaders and luminaries, reflecting the antiapartheid icon’s transcendent influence.
“A special flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines BG 1001 carrying the President and his entourage will leave the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 4 pm," President's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told yesterday.
Hamid is scheduled to attend a program to pay his last respect to the memory of the towering leader along with other heads of state and government.
The President is likely to return home on December 12.
Modern South Africa’s founding father Nelson Mandela died late Thursday night at the age of 95.