Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be unable to attend the D-8 summit in Islamabad scheduled for November 22 because of a conflict in her schedule, said a spokesman for the Prime Minister's Office yesterday.
The premier's International Affairs Adviser Gowher Rizvi will represent her at the summit, PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad said.
"The prime minister had been very much looking forward to visiting Islamabad to attend the meeting of D-8 of which she was one of the founder members.
"But she has had to cancel her plan because of a conflict in her schedule," he said.
Azad further said that the premier had a previous commitment to attend the Armed Forces Day celebrations in Dhaka on November 21.
And that is why it would be impossible for her to reach Islamabad for the summit the following morning, he added.
The D-8 (Developing 8) countries comprise Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Iran, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Indonesia and Malaysia. The second summit of the group was held in Bangladesh in March, 1999.