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Mahinda pledges to stand with Bangladesh

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed introduces her Cabinet members to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Dhaka airport/PMD handout

ECONOMYNEXT – Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has stressed the possibilities of achieving closer cooperation in maritime, shipping, trade and people-to-people contacts between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa was speaking last night at a formal dinner after events celebrating the birth centenary of Bangladesh’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka. The dinner was hosted by Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the daughter of the founder.

The Sri Lankan leader also said his country will stand “side by side with Bangladesh to achieve greater freedom and prosperity said that objectives of economic transformation, poverty eradication and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals remain key priorities in the middle of great challenges for the two nations.”

“As a neighbour and a close friend, Sri Lanka stands side by side with Bangladesh to achieve greater freedom and prosperity”, he said.

In reply, Sheikh Hasina said, “Bangladesh and Sri Lanka share similar positions on various regional and international issues, while both the countries used to cooperate and support each other’s causes.”

She called the Sri Lankan Prime Minister “a true friend of Bangladesh, and he has always stood by our side. I also try my level best to reciprocate with that friendly gesture.”

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister had several bilateral meetings yesterday including one with the Foreign Minister of the host country. He is also due to meet the head of the Central Bank. (Colombo, March 20, 2021)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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