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Bangladesh and Sri Lanka pledge mutual assistance on a range of issues

The Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are given a Guard of Honour

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have signed 6 memoranda of understanding after Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa had one-on-one talks in Dhaka today.

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s office in a statement said that both countries agreed that there was a need for them to look for markets within the region without having to look outside South Asia.

The two countries proposed that cooperation in the tourism sector would help both nations and that more direct flights should be initiated in order to facilitate these links.

Mutual assistance in combatting drug smuggling and human trafficking was also proposed as well as closer business links.

The Bangladeshi PM also invited more Sri Lankan students to enter Bangladeshi universities and offered to share their experience in agriculture and freshwater fishery.

The Bangladeshi Prime Minister also accepted Sri Lanka’s invitation to visit Colombo in 2022 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries, the statement said. (Colombo, March 20, 2021)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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