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PM flies to UK this morning

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Staff reporter

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for the UK this morning on a three-day official tour to attend the first-ever Girl Summit to be held in London on July 22.

The Summit is aimed at mobilizing domestic and international efforts to end female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage within a generation.

This will be Hasina’s first visit to any European country since winning the January-5 parliamentary elections to become the Prime Minister for the second consecutive term.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage will depart Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Monday at 9:45 am.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will lead a 20-member Bangladesh delegation to the summit being hosted jointly by British government and Unicef. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Meher Afroze Chumki are, among others, in the Bangladesh delegation.

On her arrival at Heathrow Airport, Hasina will be received by Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK and Northern Ireland Mijarul Quayes and a representative from the British government.

From there, the Prime Minister will be taken to London Hilton on Park Lane in a ceremonial motorcade where she will be staying during her visit along with the delegation members.

Before joining the main session of the Girl Summit, Hasina will hold talks with her British counterpart David William Donald Cameroon on Tuesday at 10 Downing Street when the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral issues.

Hasina will then attend the high-level session of the Summit on Tuesday and interact with First Lady Chantal Compaore of Burkina Faso, a West African Country and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan.

The session will be moderated by Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake at Walworth Academy.

Besides, after the high-level session, the Prime Minister will have a brief exchange with Anthony Lake and the British Prime Minister on the Girl Summit as well as attend a question-answer session of the British Prime Minister.

Sheikh Hasina will attend a community program of Bangladeshi expatriates living in the UK on Wednesday.

According to Foreign Ministry sources, Bangladesh will renew its firm commitment to eliminating child marriage at the first-ever Girl Summit in London on July 22.

Wrapping up her three-day tour, Hasina will leave London for home on Wednesday afternoon by a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines.

Bangladesh High Commissioner Mijarul Quayes and a representative from British government will see her off at the airport. She is expected to reach home on Thursday morning.