Visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today said his country wants to strengthen bilateral relations with Bangladesh.
“I look forward to engaging with PM Sheikh Hasina and the Government of Bangladesh to strengthen the bilateral relationship to mutually benefit both [of] our nations,” he tweeted after his arrival in Dhaka.
The Sri Lankan Prime Minister is the second among the world leaders to attend the celebrations of the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s Independence.
“I’m honored to be a part of the Golden Jubilee Independence celebrations and look forward to the next two days of festivities and discussions,” said the Sri Lankan Prime Minister.
Bangladesh has warmly welcomed Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa as he begins his Bangladesh tour.
In the afternoon, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister will attend the National Parade Square function at Tejgaon as the Guest of Honour.
In the evening, he will attend a cultural programme and banquet to be hosted by the Bangladesh Prime Minister at the Grand Ballroom of Hotel InterContinental.
On Saturday, Rajapaksa will have bilateral talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart at her office and then there would be signing of MoUs on different fields. Both the leaders would witness the signing ceremony.
On Saturday afternoon, he will meet President Md Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban.
Earlier, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina welcomed her Sri Lankan counterpart at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) upon his arrival this morning on a two-day official visit.