PM performs Umrah

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the holy Ka’bah Sharif on Friday, October 19, 2018

The prime minister, now on an official four-day visit to Saudi Arabia, performed the holy ritual on Thursday.  

She first performed “tawaf” around the holy Ka'bah Sharif and later walked and ran between Safa and Marwa, reports UNB.

Sheikh Hasina offered prayers seeking divine blessings for Bangladesh’s people, as well as continued peace, progress, and prosperity of the entire Muslim Ummah.   

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, and others accompanying the prime minister, also performed Umrah.  Earlier, she arrived in Makkah, from Jeddah, by road.  

She reached King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah after offering “ziarat” at the Rawza Mubarak of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad at Masjid-e-Nabawi, in Madinah, on Wednesday night. 

She also offered Esha prayers at the Masjid-e-Nabawi.  

On October 16, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in Riyadh for a four-day bilateral visit to Saudi Arabia—at the invitation of Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

During her stay in Riyadh, she attended meetings with the Saudi King, and Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

She also met with the Saudi business community, including leaders of the Council of Saudi Chamber (CSC) and Riyadh Chamber of Commerce, in Riyadh.  

On her way home

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Jeddah for home concluding her four-day bilateral visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King and Custodian of two Holy Mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

A Biman Bangladesh Airlines fight took off from King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah at 4:5 pm (KSA time) carrying the premier and her entourage members.

Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Golam Moshi, Bangladesh Consul General in Jeddah FM Borhan Uddin and representatives of Saudi government saw the Prime Minister off at the airport.

The flight is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at around 01.45 am (BST) tonight.

During the visit, the prime minister had an audience with the Saudi King at Royal Palace and joined a lunch hosted by the King in her honour.

She also held a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince, Deputy Premier and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz and discussed issues relating to bilateral interests.

The prime minister also held a meeting with leaders of the Council of Saudi Chamber and the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce.

Following the meeting, five memorandums of understanding (MoUs) regarding cooperation in industrial and power sectors were signed between Dhaka and Riyadh.

The prime minister also inaugurated Bangladesh Chancery Building in the Diplomatic Quarters, Riyadh and laid the foundation stone of the Chancery Building of Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah.

Sheikh Hasina also offered ziarat at Rowza of Holy Prophet (PBUH) at Masjid Al-Nabawi.