Update May 17, 2016

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for Bulgaria tomorrow

Sumel Sarker

Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves for Bulgaria tomorrow

17 May 2016, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina leaves here tomorrow morning for Sofia on a three-day official visit to Bulgaria to attend the “Global Women Leaders’ Forum”.

Apart from joining the forum, the Prime Minister would hold official talks and a tete-e-tete with her Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told.

A British Airways flight (BA 0890) carrying Sheikh Hasina and the members of her entourage is scheduled to depart the Heathrow International Airport here for the Bulgarian capital of Sofia at 8.20 am (London time) tomorrow.

The flight is scheduled to land at Sofia International Airport at 1.15 pm (Bulgaria time) the same day.

Minister of Culture of Bulgaria Vezhdi Rashidov and Bangladesh Ambassador in Sofia Allama Siddiki will receive Sheikh Hasina at the airport.

After the reception at the airport, Sheikh Hasina would be taken in a ceremonial motorcade to Hotel Marinela Sofia where she will be staying during her visit to Bulgaria.

Sheikh Hasina will attend the opening ceremony of the “Global Women Leaders’ Forum” in the afternoon at the National Art Gallery, Sofia, the same day (May 18) and deliver the keynote speech as the chief guest.

Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy Ivaylo Kalfin, Minister of Energy Temenuzka Petkova, Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Lilyana Pavlova, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Bulgaria Tsetska Tsacheva and CEO, Siemens Bulgaria and Chairperson of Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria Boriana Manolova will also deliver statements in the event.

During the visit, the Premier will call on Bulagarian President Rosen Plevneliev at the Presidential Palace.

Foreign ministry sources said the two prime ministers, after the official talks on May 20, will witness signing of some agreements and will deliver a joint press statement.

Sheikh Hasina will join a gala dinner to be hosted by Irina Bokova, the UNESCO director-general, and Boriana Manolova, the CEO of Siemens Bulgaria and the chairperson of Council of Women in Business in Bulgaria, at Grand Hotel Sofia.

Tsetska Tsacheva Dangovska, the president of the National Parliament of Bulgaria, will host a working luncheon in honour of the Bangladesh Prime Minister at Grand Hotel Sofia.

The Premier, who arrived in the British capital on Sunday en route to Bulgaria, is scheduled to return home at 6.30 am (BST) on May 21.

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