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Bangladesh, Sri Lanka to enhance cooperation

Bangladesh High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Tareq Md Ariful Islam paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at his residence in Wijerama. Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh Mohammad Hazrat Ali Khan was also present.
Bangladesh High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Tareq Md Ariful Islam paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at his residence in Wijerama. Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh Mohammad Hazrat Ali Khan was also present.

Bangladesh is interested in expanding the existing bilateral relations by enhancing cooperation between both nations in the areas of agriculture, fisheries and maritime connectivity, said High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Sri Lanka Tareq Md Ariful Islam to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

He was speaking while making a courtesy call on Prime Minister Rajapaksa at his residence in Wijerama.

Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh Mohammad Hazrat Ali Khan was also present.

High Commissioner Tareq Md Ariful Islam added that he looked forward to working together with the Government to enhance bilateral relations between the nations.

Congratulating the Prime Minister on Sri Lanka’s 73rd Independence Day, the Bangladeshi High Commissioner handed over a letter from his Prime Minister conveying her best wishes for the same.

The High Commissioner expressed keen interest in expanding bilateral relations by enhancing cooperation in the areas of agriculture, fisheries and maritime connectivity. He said that Bangladesh is currently the 4th largest producer of fresh water fish and would be happy to share the best practices and know how with Sri Lanka. Bangladesh is currently assisting Sri Lanka develop high end rice varieties that are also flood and drought resistant, thereby increasing the production of rice crops.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa expressed his gratitude for the assistance Sri Lanka has received from Bangladesh throughout the years in the education and pharmaceutical sectors. He also invited the High Commissioner to encourage investors from Bangladesh to invest in the pharmaceutical sector in Sri Lanka. Both the Prime Minister and the High Commissioner agreed that there was much scope to expand and develop trade relations between both nations.

High Commissioner Tareq Md Ariful Islam extended an invitation to the Prime Minister to visit Bangladesh as they would be celebrating their Golden Jubilee Independence anniversary this year.

Thanking the Ambassador for the invitation, the Prime Minister stated that he looks forward to working together with the Government of Bangladesh to enhance the already existing friendship between both nations and wished the Ambassador the very best for his tenure in Sri Lanka.

Secretary to the Prime Minister Gamini Senerath joined the meeting.