Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh is scheduled to leave
Dhaka for Saudi Arabia on Monday on a five-day official tour of the kingdom, to
perform Umrah and hold talks with King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.
A 40-strong entourage will accompany Hasina during the visit, her first
overseas trip after the Awami League assumed office on January 6.
The prime minister’s entourage includes her sister Sheikh Rehana and son
Sajib Wazed Joy and senior cabinet members, including foreign minister Dipu
Moni, commerce minister Faruk Khan, state minister for foreign affairs Hasan
Mahmud and state minister for labour Munnujan Sufian.
Foreign ministry officials said that Hasina would meet with King
Abdullah on April 21 to discuss various issues of bilateral as well as mutual
interest. Dhaka will also focus on issues of Bangladeshi workers in the
oil-rich Middle East nation.