Dhaka, Colombo stress on air, maritime connectivity
DHAKA, Nov 15, 2021 (BSS) –
Dhaka and Colombo is looking forward to further strengthening air and maritime connectivity for the greater benefit of the people of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
The observation was made as Bangladesh foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen held bilateral meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart Professor Gamini Lakshman Peiris at state guest house Padma in the capital, a foreign ministry press release said today.
The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister is visiting Dhaka from November 15-18 to attend the 21st meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers’ (COM).
During the meeting, the two foreign ministers also further emphasized on expeditious conclusion of PTA and enhancement of trade and commerce between the two countries.
They also pledged to explore the possible collaboration between Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University of Bangladesh and National Institute of Oceanographic Marine Sciences of Sri Lanka.
Both the ministers noted the ongoing cooperation under IORA, maritime cooperation, maritime security, blue economy, climate change and prevention of over exploitation of marine resources.
Dr Momen stated that Bangladesh attaches high importance to its relations with Sri Lanka which, he termed excellent, based on the historical linkages, friendship, and commonalities of views and shared vision of prosperity.
Recalling the State Visit of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa this year on the occasion of Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of the Independence of Bangladesh, he noted that it contributed in strengthening the ties of the two countries.
Sri Lankan foreign minister particularly stressed on further cooperation in the sectors like trade and commerce, investment, tourism, connectivity, agriculture, fisheries, education, and people to people contact.
He also sought collaboration on the area of e-commerce, involvement in the digital sector through sharing of Bangladesh’s expertise.
Bangladesh foreign minister particularly mentioned of Bangladesh’s success in the Pharmaceutical sector and urged his Sri Lankan counterpart to import pharmaceuticals products from Bangladesh.