FTA with Sri Lanka this yr

President's visit to Bangladesh: Several bi-lateral agreements signed

President's visit to Bangladesh: Several bi-lateral agreements signed

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena left Dhaka for Colombo on Saturday ending his three-day visit to Bangladesh and pledging to strengthen bilateral relations.

Meanwhile, Bangladeshi media stated that it was agreed to sign a free trade agreement between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh this year during a discussion held between Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Maithripala Sirisena.

The president expressed gratitude to the government of Bangladesh for the warm welcome extended to the Sri Lankan delegation led by him.

Sirisena and Hasina also welcomed the signing of the memorandum of understanding on economic partnership between the countries which they believed "should pave way for conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement by end-2017".

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Bangladesh contributed $500,000 cash assistance as the humanitarian aid towards the flood affected people of Sri Lanka, even at a time when Bangladesh was affected by Cyclone "Mora".

During the discussion, the Bangladeshi Premier had pointed out that the two nations must unite in order to tackle the migrant issue and the eradication of the drug cartels.

A travel agreement was also entered into where citizens traveling on a diplomatic or official passport will not be required to obtain visa prior to their arrival.

The foreign minister further said President Sirisena's visit to Bangladesh was an "important milestone in the long-standing friendship between the two countries".

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Regarding the cooperation on higher education, the foreign secretary said a large number of Sri Lankan medical students are studying in Bangladesh and the MoU was signed to further enhance cooperation in the sector.

According to a statement from the Lankan president's office, Ali also said: "There is nothing that Bangladesh can not do for Sri Lanka".

According to Presidential media sources, Minister Ravi Karunanayake, State Minister Wasantha Aluwihare, and Deputy Ministers Mohan Lal Grero and Nishantha Muthuhettigama were also present at said encounter.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, UGC Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan, Executive Chairman of BIDA Kazi Aminul Islam and BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman inked the instruments for Bangladesh side.

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