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* Sri Lanka President leaves for Bangladesh with a large business delegation
Thu, Jul 13, 2017, 10:21 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, accompanied by a 73-member delegation including representatives of 40 private sector companies, left for Bangladesh this morning for a three-day state visit at the invitation of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

During the visit, President Sirisena will hold bilateral meetings with the Bangladesh Prime Minister and the President. He will also hold bilateral meetings with the Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Health Minister, Speaker as well as the Opposition Leader.

This is President Sirisena's first official visit to Bangladesh since he was elected to office in 2015.

The President will hold extensive bilateral discussions regarding the ways to strengthen the cooperation in the fields of the maritime, education, tourism, fisheries and health as well as the ways to promote investments between the two countries.

During the President's visit, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will sign at least 10 memoranda of understanding and agreements in the fields of agriculture, education, training of diplomats and Immigration and Emigration.

The President will pay special attention to explore the ways to further expansion of trade and investments between the two countries during his visit.

On Thursday afternoon President Sirisena is scheduled to visit the National Memorial in Savar to pay respects to the martyrs of Bangladesh's Liberation War. He will also visit Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32 to pay homage to the Father of the Nation Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

President Sirisena will meet his counterpart Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on Friday when the Bangladeshi president will host a banquet in his honor. He will also attend a business dialogue before leaving Dhaka on Saturday.

Bangladesh State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam said the President's visit would open new scope for bilateral engagement.

The two-way trade is currently only $80 million, but there is potential to expand the market, the State Minister said.

Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were formally established in 1972.


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