London: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived here this afternoon on her way to New York to attend the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Prime Minister and members of her entourage landed at the Heathrow International Airport in the British capital at 3.20 pm (London time), PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim
told BSS over phone.
Minister for Public Administration and Awami League (AL) General Secretary Syed Ashraful Islam and Bangladesh High Commissioner to Britain Md Abdul Hannan received the Prime Minister at the Royal Lounge of the airport.
Local AL leaders including UK chapter President Sultan Mahmud Sharif were also present at the airport.
Sheikh Hasina will fly to New York by a British Airways flight after a three-hour stopover at the Heathrow International Airport.
The flight is scheduled to reach John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport at 10 pm (New York time) today.
Earlier, the Prime Minister left Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for New York at 10 am (BST).
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon and PM's Political Affairs Advisor HT Imam and Media Advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury were present at the airport to see the Prime Minister off.
Besides, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hussain Bhuiyan, PM's Principal Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad, chiefs of the three services, the US Ambassador in Dhaka and the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh as well as high civil and military officials were present.
This year's UNGA is being considered as very important for Bangladesh as the "Champions of the Earth", the highest environment-related award of the UN, and the "ICTs in Sustainable Development Award" of the International Telecommunication Union would be handed over to the Bangladesh Premier.