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PM accorded red carpet reception in Stockholm
A red carpet has been rolled out as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Stockholm on a three-day bilateral visit at the invitation of her Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven.
A Scandinavian Airlines flight carrying the prime minister and members of her entourage landed at Arlanda Airport in the Swedish capital at 9:40pm on Wednesday (local time), reports BSS.
Chief of Protocol of Swedish Foreign Ministry Ambassador Klas Molin, Bangladesh Ambassador in Stockholm Golam Sarwar and Swedish Ambassador in Dhaka Johan Frisell were present at the airport to receive the prime minister.
Later, she was given a guard of honour by the Swedish armed forces. This is the first-ever bilateral visit by any head of government or state of Bangladesh to Sweden. Father of the Nation Bangabanadhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana is accompanying the prime minister during her visit to Sweden.
On her way to Stockholm from Dhaka, Hasina made about 24-hour stopover in London. From the Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, a ceremonial motorcade escorted the prime minister to Grand Hotel where she will be staying during her visit to Sweden.
On her arrival at the hotel, the prime minister was welcomed by the leaders of All European Awami League. Hasina, who is leading a high-powered team including a 47-member business delegation, will hold official talks with Swedish Premier Stefan Lofven at the Prime Minister’s Office here today.
Before the talks, the two leaders will hold a one-to-one meeting. The premier will visit Swedish Parliament today and hold a meeting with acting Speaker Tobias Billstrom. Sheikh Hasina will have an audience with Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at Royal Castle and attend a lunch to be hosted by the Swedish premier.
She will join a community reception this evening and Bangladesh-Sweden Business and Investment Forum tomorrow.
She is expected to hold meetings with CEO of H&M Karl-Johan Persson and President of Investor Jacob Wallenberg, Vice-President of Investor Marcus Wallenberg and CEO of ABB Sweden Johan Soderstrom.
Concluding her three-day visit to Sweden, the premier will return home on June 17 via London.