Bangladesh, Sri Lanka sign 14 deals after Hasina-Sirisena talks

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka sign 14 deals after Hasina-Sirisena talks

SAM Staff,

Bangladesh has signed 14 deals with Sri Lanka after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Maithripala Sirisena.

Their meeting began after the Sri Lankan delegation arrived at the Prime Minister’s Office at 9:55am on Friday.

Thirteen MoUs were signed for cooperation in coastal shipping, agriculture, higher education, foreign service training, central bank activities, investment, ICT, broadcasting and training on apparel and textile.

An agreement to waive visa for holders of diplomatic and official passports was also signed.

The neighbours are preparing to sign a joint statement, said Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque.

“The joint statement with 35 paragraphs will be issued in the evening or tomorrow. This is the first time the relationship between the countries has been brought within a framework.”

The statement eliminates vagueness in ties, said Haque.

“It happened before that we implemented something and later forgot about it. The 14 instruments and a joint statement provides a structure of the ties between the two countries.”

The deals address a political relationship besides a business one, he added.

President Sirisena arrived for a three-day state visit on Thursday, his maiden tour of Dhaka as president.

He is scheduled to meet President Md Abdul Hamid at the Bangabhaban on Friday evening, and take part in a banquet hosted in his honour at the president’s official residence.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will also attend the dinner.

Sirisena on Thursday paid tribute to nation’s father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, and visited the National Memorial at Savar.

The Sri Lankan delegation of 73 members has been staying at Hotel Sonargaon.