PM flies to Madrid to join COP25 Sunday

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 14:28, Nov 29,2019


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. — UNB file photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is set to leave Dhaka for Madrid on Sunday on a three-day official visit to Spain to join the Heads of State and Government Summit of the 25th Annual Conference of Parties.

The COP25 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held on December 2 to 13 in Madrid under the presidency of Chile and with logistical support from Spain.

Prime Minister’s Office sources said a Biman Bangladesh Airlines special flight carrying the PM and her entourage members will take off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for Madrid on Sunday morning.

The flight is scheduled to land at Madrid Torrejon Airport at 5:40pm local time.

Ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the World Tourism Organisation Hassan Mahmood Khandker will receive the prime minister at the airport.

The conference was planned to be held in Brazil in November 2019, but a year before its planned start, newly-elected president Jair Bolsonaro withdrew the offer to host the event, citing economic reason.

Then Chile stepped up and became the new host, but social unrest in the lead up to the meeting forced it late October 2019 to withdraw from hosting.  Then by mutual agreement between the UN, Chile, and Spain, the latter became the new host.

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