Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today left the holy city here for home wrapping up her five-day official visit to the Kingdom Saudi Arabia. BSS
She was given a hearty farewell here as she left this morning for home while Deputy Governor of Medina Abdul Muhsin Al Monif, Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Permanent Representative to the OIC Golam Masih, and Consular General in Medina A k M Shahidul Karim saw her off at the airport.
Bangladesh Prime Minister was given a static guard of honour by a military contingent of the kingdom. A VVIP Flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and her members of her entourage left Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz Airport at 10.40 am local time.
She paid the visit at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and it was her visit to Saudi Arabia after the King’s swearing-in in January 2015.
Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, youngest daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Rehana and a business delegation accompanied the Prime Minister.
The Biman flight is scheduled to reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 7.30 pm Bangladesh time.
Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Jeddah on June 3 last. She performed the holy “Umrah” in Mecca and offered Ziarat at Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) at Masjid-e Nabvi during her stay in the kingdom.
The Prime Minister held bilateral talks with Saudi King in Jeddah where entire gamut of bilateral interest, regional and international issues was discussed.
Both the leaders agreed to work together for global peace, development and further welfare of the Muslim Ummah alongside exploring the potentials of bilateral cooperation that exists in the fields of development, trade and commerce as well as increasing people-to-people contact between the two countries.
The two leaders also raised a strong voice against terrorism and violent extremism through Islamic alliance.
She laid foundation stone of Bangladesh Chancery Complex and Bangladesh House in Riyadh through a function at Jeddah.
Saudi Finance Minister, Minister for Labour Deputy Minister for Defence, Advisor of the Royal Court of the Saudi King and a number of Saudi ministers and senior officials made call on Bangladesh Premier.
During Sheikh Hasina’s visit, Saudi Arabia expressed its interest to recruit some five lakh more manpower from Bangladesh and apart from workers, the Kingdom said it was willing to get professionals doctors, teachers and engineers from Bangladesh as well.
She, on the other hand, laid emphasis on more effective the Bangladesh-Saudi Arabia Joint Economic Commission for the mutual benefits of the two countries.
The Premier sought more Saudi investment in Bangladesh with particular emphasis on coal-based power generation projects alongside improving the circular road, rail and waterways around Dhaka city.
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed on the occasion between Saudi Bawani Group and Bangladesh’s Sena Kalyan Sangstha for supplying of skilled manpower including engineers and architects in construction sector in Saudi Arabia.