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Sheikh Hasina reaches Milan in Italy
Observer Online Desk
Publish Date : 2014-10-15,  Publish Time : 22:42,  View Count : 0
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reached Milan on Wednesday afternoon on a four-day official visit to Italy to attend the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit-2014.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, carrying the Prime Minister and her entourage, landed at Milan Malpensa International Airport at 3.45 pm (Milan time), according to a message received in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Italy M Shahdat Hossain and Bangladesh Consul General in Milan Ms Rezina Ahmed received the Prime Minister at Malpensa Airport. She was greeted with a bouquet.

From the airport, the Prime Minister in a ceremonial motorcade was taken to Carlton Hotel Baglioni where she will be staying during her visit.

Earlier in the morning, Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for the Italian city of Milan to attend the 10th summit of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

The ASEM Summit, to be chaired by the President of the European Council and hosted by the Government of Italy, will be held in Milan on October 16-17.

The theme of the 10th ASEM Summit is ‘Responsible Partnership for Growth and Security’ that reflects the enlarging scope of the EU-Asia relationship.

On Thursday, before attending the Summit, the Prime Minister will have a meeting with her Greece counterpart Antinios C. Samaras at Bangladesh Meeting Room of Milano Congressi, where the Summit will be held.

Then she will attend the official welcome and handshake by MatteoRenzi, President of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister) of Italy, Jose Manuel Barrosso, President of the European Commission and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council.

After that, Sheikh Hasina will attend the opening ceremony of the ASEM 10. She will deliver her speech at the second plenary session 'Europe - Asia partnership in addressing global matters in an inter-connected world'.

At the same venue, she will have meetings with her Italian, Swedish and Dutch counterparts Mattero Renzi, Stefan Lofven and Mark Rutte. After the series of meetings, she will attend the official gala dinner hosted by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano at Sala delle Cariatidi.

On Friday, Sheikh Hasina will attend the retreat session on enhancing dialogue and cooperation between Asia and Europe and Future Direction and closing ceremony of the ASEM 10.

In the evening, Bangladeshi expatriates living in Italy will give a community reception to the Prime Minister at NH Hotel Mllanofiori, Assago.

On October 18, the Prime Minister and her entourage will leave Milan by a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at 10 pm (Italy time) for home and reach Dhaka at 11:50pm.

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