Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for Bangladesh today on a two-day state visit, on an invitation extended by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The visit will coincide with the celebration of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry has granted approval to undertake the state visit to Bangladesh as a Bio Secure Travel Bubble adhering to strict COVID-19 preventive measures.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa will be delivering a speech on Friday evening at the event to mark the conclusion of the “Mujib Year,” declared to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Bangladesh’s Independence.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa will hold high-level bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, President Mohammad Abdul Hamid, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh and the Governor of the Bangladesh Bank.
The special invitation and the high-level bilateral discussions are expected to enhance the strong relations the two countries have enjoyed for a very long time. Bilateral discussions will touch upon a variety of sectors including agriculture, trade and investment, defense, maritime connectivity, education, health and tourism, among others.
The visit will also see the two countries sign a number of Memoranda of Understanding in various sectors such as agriculture, technical education, health and cultural cooperation.
Among other engagements, Prime Minister Rajapaksa will visit the National Martyrs’ Memorial where he will lay a wreath to pay his respects to those who died in the Bangladesh War of Independence and plant a sapling. Later, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister will also visit the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, the Prime Minister’s media unit said.
Bangladesh became a nation in 1971 and established formal diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka the following year. Both countries will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2022.