Bangladesh keen to address outstanding issues with Sri Lanka

ms10052016_2Bangladesh is keen to address a number of outstanding major issues of mutually beneficial interest with Sri Lanka.

The newly-appointed Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, M Riaz Hamidullah, presented his credentials to President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo.

During the ceremony, the high commissioner pointed out that a number of outstanding major issues of mutually beneficial interest, including the proposed bilateral FTA and the coastal shipping agreement, could be finalised during upcoming high-level interactions, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

He expressed eagerness for broadening and strengthening the existing relations between the two countries, and in this endeavour, he sought the kind support of the receiving government.

During the ceremony President Sirisena expressed his conviction that the two countries would work together in further deepening the bilateral relations.

Referring to his earlier visits to Bangladesh, he expressed interest to visit again as the Sri Lankan president in near future.

President Sirisena congratulated the high commissioner and assured him of all-out cooperation during his tenure in Sri Lanka.

On his part, Riaz conveyed to the Sri Lankan president the personal regards of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

In the ceremony, acting minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Harsha De Silva, Secretary to the President PB Abeykoon and Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka Ambassador Esala Weerakoon were present. (Colombo Gazette)