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* Bangladesh supports Sri Lanka to hold a successful Commonwealth meeting
Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 10:32 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 14, Dhaka: Bangladesh has offered its assistance for Sri Lanka to hold a successful Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) this year and to support the efforts of Sri Lanka to raise the social and economic standards of its people after defeating terrorism in the country.

During a meeting with Sri Lanka's external Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris at the Prime Minister's Office in Dhaka on Thursday, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina has promised to assist Sri Lanka to ensure an entirely positive outcome at the CHOGM to be held in November in Colombo, External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

The Sri Lankan Minister, who is on a two-day official visit to Dhaka, apprised Prime Minister Hasina of the discussions held by the government with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma during his visit to Colombo this week.

Prof. Peiris has explained to the PM Sri Lanka's plans to ensure that the themes and the emphasis of the discussions at the upcoming Summit would yield results that will be immediately beneficial to all Member States of the Commonwealth, especially developing nations which comprise the overwhelming majority of the Commonwealth.

During the meeting Prof. Peiris asserted Sri Lanka's support for the proposal by the Commonwealth Secretary-General to establish a Commonwealth Bank for Trade and Investment.

He informed the PM that at the CHOGM summit, Sri Lanka will stress on sustainability in reaching Millennium Development Goals, with particular reference to such areas as poverty alleviation, social mobility and climate change.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh has found Sri Lanka's focus on Commonwealth Business Forum to be held on the sidelines of the Summit particularly useful.

The Minister has briefed the PM on the Business Forum as well as on arrangements currently being made for the People's Forum, to be held in Dambulla and the Youth Forum in Hambantota.

Prof. Peiris has expressed appreciation to the government of Bangladesh for its consistent support of Sri Lanka in international fora and especially for its intervention at the 14th Session of the Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka held in November last year.

Prime Minister Hasina has said that she is convinced of the need for the international community to provide assistance and co-operation for Sri Lanka's efforts to raise the social and economic standards of its people after overcoming the challenges of terrorism, and that her government will continue to support these efforts.

Earlier, Minister Peiris had a meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In the meeting, they have expressed satisfaction about the cordial relations between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh Press Information Department said.



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