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Sri Lankan President Sirisena leaves Dhaka

  • Published at 04:19 pm July 15th, 2017
Sri Lankan President Sirisena leaves Dhaka
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena left Dhaka for Colombo on Saturday after wrapping up his three-day official visit to Bangladesh with a pledge to strengthen bilateral trade and investment cooperation. A Sri Lankan Airlines flight carrying the Lankan president took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 1pm. It was Sirisena's first visit to Bangladesh as Sri Lankan president. He had visited Bangladesh earlier in 2013 and 2014 as Sri Lankan health minister. During the visit, President Sirisena held meetings with President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Speaker of the Parliament Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have signed 14 instruments, including one between the shipping corporations of the two countries, on the sidelines of Sirisena's visit. A joint statement between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka said, President Sirisena and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held discussions on all aspects of Bangladesh-Sri Lanka relations as well as contemporary international and regional issues of common interest. The two leaders affirmed to further strengthen the bilateral relations and engagements based on mutual trust and respect with a vision of securing shared prosperity through mutually beneficial win-win partnership. President Sirisena applauded the socio-economic development in Bangladesh under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Recognising the threats arising out of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalisation on any religious or societal pretext, the two leaders pledged to work together to counteract all such challenges in both countries and beyond. They agreed to work towards convening a broad-based dialogue on tolerance, inclusion and pluralism in 2018. Recognising the potential for cooperation in maritime affairs and blue economy between the two countries, the two leaders agreed to work together for exploring new areas and innovative means to tap opportunities in developing the Bay of Bengal into a region of peace, growth and prosperity. They further agreed to share respective knowledge, ideas and innovation to effectively realise the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and the SDGs. They agreed to deepen cooperation in various sub-regional and regional cooperation mechanisms, and to work towards focused and result-oriented regional economic cooperation through the BIMSTEC and SAARC.