Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have agreed to address the great potential for the
development of Maritime Cooperation between the countries in the Indian Ocean
The Sri Lankan President Gotabaye Rajapakshe refered to the great potential
for the development of maritime cooperation as states in the Indian ocean while
receiving the new appointed high commissioner of the People's Republic of
Bangladesh to Sri Lanka Mr Tareq Md Ariful Islam at the President house on
January 11th according to Sri Lankan media reports
The New high commission said his country had made maritime cooperation with
Sri Lanka as a high priority area
Cooperation at the
university level is a necessity, the Sri Lankan President said.
Mr Rajapakshe identified Agriculture and export crops promotion, tourism,
education and trade relations as other
areas that the relations could be expanded. Enhancing educational cooperation
at the university level is a necessity,the Sri Lankan President said.
During the ensuing discussion, explaining the current economic situation in
Sri Lanka and the steps taken by the Government to contain the COVID–19
pandemic President Rajapaksa stated that it is his intention to promote
bilateral relations in identified areas with countries in the region including
Bangladesh to the highest possible level.
would consider the invitation once the current difficult period is over
Stating that no Sri Lankan Head of State had visited Bangladesh since 2018,
Mr. Islam recalled an earlier invitation to President Rajapaksa to pay an
official visit to his country.President Rajapaksa emphasizing the need for strengthening relations at the
Head of State level said he would consider the invitation once the current difficult
period is over.
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardene, Foreign Secretary Admiral Jayanath
Colombage also joined the discussion.