President will officially visit Bangladesh from Monday

Apr 15, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to tour Bangladesh on an official visit on the invitation of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The local media had reported today that Rajapaksa would commence a five-day official visit from next Monday to Friday.

The scheduled visit to Bangladesh is the first state visit of President Rajapaksa to the country.

Sri Lanka Bangladesh Relations

Relations are historically tied together even beyond the sub-continent’s colonisation by the British. Sri Lanka’s first King (to be mentioned in the ancient Pali chronicles) was alleged to have ancestors from the Vanga Kingdom which occupied an area now known as Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s Buddhist minority gifted Sri Lanka with a few strands of hair said to have belonged to Buddha as a sign of goodwill. It is a worshipped object on Poya Day, a Buddhist public holiday in Sri Lanka.

In August 2008, both Heads of States discussed the implementation of new air links in hope of increasing trade, investment and stronger cultural links. Sri Lanka’s current investments have been in Bangladesh’s garment and banking sector and expect to diversify into different areas. Bangladesh also hosts a number of Sri Lankan medical students and cricket as a form of friendly communications between their people.

There has been discussion to increase bilateral relations, cooperation between the two navies and sending Sri Lankan Naval personal to study in Bangladesh

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