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MR arrives in Dhaka, welcomed by Sheikh Hasina

WELCOMED – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina welcomes Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Dhaka/PMD handout

ECONOMYNEXT – Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the guest of honour at a ceremony to mark the birth centenary of the founder of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka this evening, a media release from his office said.

Premier Rajapaksa who arrived in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka this morning was welcomed at the Dhaka airport by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of Mujibur Rahman.

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

After the airport reception, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister travelled to the National Martyr’s memorial erected in 1982 to remember the Bangladeshis who died in the war of independence.

Rajapaksa paid his respects at the monument and also planted a sapling of “Brownea coccinea” at the venue to mark his visit.

The PM delivered the following message at the memorial. “This indeed is a moving experience to pay my respects at the National Martyr’s Memorial to the memory of those who sacrificed their valued lives during the Bangladesh War of Independence. All those who cherished Independence sacrificed their today for a tomorrow to all Bangali people which is a powerful testament to Bangabandhu’s dream for a free, independent, and proud Bangladesh.”

In the afternoon, Prime Minister Rajapaksa’s official engagements include meetings with the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh and the Governor of Bangladesh Bank.

In the evening, the Prime Minister will be the guest of honour at an event to celebrate the birth centenary of the founder of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence. (Colombo, March 18, 2021)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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