President returns after successful visit
President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the Island
today (15) after completing a successful three-day State Visit to
Bangladesh at the invitation of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The visit helped strengthening the foreign relations
and bringing many developmental benefits to the country by signing
several MoUs between the two countries.
The President and the Bangladesh Prime Minister drew
their special attention regarding entering into a trade agreement
between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well as setting up special economic
During the meeting with Bangladesh Prime Minister, it
was discussed in detail regarding introducing a new programme to
exchange experiences in agricultural and fisheries sectors of both the
countries as well as to jointly take actions against combating terrorism
and to cooperate in the field of information technology. Furthermore,
the attention was drawn to get the technical knowhow of Bangladesh to
increase rice production in Sri Lanka.
The President also met with the Speaker of Bangladesh,
Opposition Leader as well as the Minister of Health. The Speaker of
Bangladesh commended the steps taken by the new Government to achieve
the democratic goals.
Furthermore, President Maithripala Sirisena
participated as the Chief Guest of the Investment Forum held in Dhaka,
with the participation of Sri Lanka as well as Bangladesh investors and
entrepreneurs. This Forum was organized to explore new investments and
business opportunities in Sri Lanka.
This is the first State Visit to Bangladesh by the
President after he assumed office. The government of Bangladesh had
prepared all the arrangements to accord him a grand welcome.
Bangladesh high level delegation including their
Foreign Minister was at the Airport to bid farewell to the President.