July 13, Dhaka: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Dhaka Thursday on a three-day State Visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received a grand welcome at the Dhaka International Airport.
A SriLankan Airlines flight carrying President Sirisena and his 73-member delegation comprising ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers and business community members landed at Shahjalal Airport this morning.
This is the first State Visit to Bangladesh by the President after he assumed office.
President of Bangladesh Mohamed Abdul Hamid warmly welcomed the Sri Lankan President at the Dhaka International Airport. The President was accorded a guard of honor with 21-gun salute.
The International Airport in Dhaka was decorated with the Sri Lanka - Bangladesh national flags, demonstrating the warm friendship between the two countries.
Foreign Minister, Finance Minister and Health Minister of Bangladesh also welcomed President Sirisena at the airport.
The President will hold bilateral discussions with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday (July 14). He will have 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 and trade between the two countries.
During the President's visit, the two countries are expected to sign several bilateral agreements in the fields of agriculture, education, training of diplomats and Immigration & Emigration.
The Sri Lankan President will meet President Abdul Hamid on Friday evening. The President will also host State banquet in honor of the Sri Lankan President at the Darbar Hall, Bangabhaban preceded by a cultural program.
President Sirisena will address an economic dialogue on Saturday morning to be attended by Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan business representatives.
President's delegation included Minister Ravi Karunanayake, State Ministers Wasantha Aluvihare and Mohan Lal Grero, Deputy Ministers Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Nishantha Mutuhettigama.