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PM to join Saudi-led military drill's concluding ceremony today

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to join today the concluding ceremony of a Saudi-led joint grand military exercise named "Gulf Shield-1" in the kingdom's eastern province of Al-Jubail. 

She will attend the function at the invitation of Saudi King and the custodian of the two holy mosques Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud as the parades of armed forces of 24 participating countries including Bangladesh will feature the ceremony. 

The Bangladesh prime minister arrived here yesterday evening on a two-day official visit to witness the military exercise while a VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying her along with her entourage members landed at Dammam King Fahd International Airport at 7:35 pm local time.

Saudi Minister of State and Member of the Cabinet for Majlis Al-Shura Affairs Mohammed bin Faisal Abu Saq and Bangladesh Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Golam Mosih received the premier at the airport.

Saudi Arabia organised the month-long military exercise for boosting defence cooperation and coordination with friendly countries to protect the Gulf regional security and peace through enhanced military readiness, also to ensure global peace. 

The Arab News, Saudi Arabia's biggest English language daily, said King Salman would oversee the conclusion of the Joint Gulf Shield-1 military drill in the presence of a number of leaders of friendly countries participating in the exercise, which lasted for a month.

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