Bangladesh, Sri Lanka to have bilateral talks tomorrow

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Dhaka [Bangladesh], July 13 (ANI): Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will have bilateral delegation-level talks here on Friday. Following one-to-one talks between President Maitripala Sirisena nad Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the two sides will hold official talks. During the three-day visit of President Sirisena, the two nations will ink over ten agreements and Memoranda of Understanding. State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said agreements and MoUs will cover areas such as agricultural cooperation, higher education, coastal shipping connecting, visa exemption for diplomats and official passport holders, investment cooperation, cooperation between two central banks and cooperation in media sector. The Sri Lankan President will meet President Abdul Hamid on Friday evening and thereafter there will be a state banquet in honour of the Sri Lankan President at the Darbar Hall, Bangabhaban, preceded by a cultural programme. On Saturday, President Sirisena will address an economic dialogue on Saturday morning to be attended by Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan business representatives. He is scheduled to leave Dhaka at 1 p m on Saturday by a Sri Lankan Airlines flight wrapping up his three-day visit, reports the Daily Star. Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will see him off at the airport. This is Sirisena's first official visit to Bangladesh since he was elected Sri Lankan President in 2015. He visited Bangladesh in 2013 and 2014 as Sri Lankan Health Minister. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in Dhaka on Thursday along with a 73-member entourage comprising ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers and business community members. On Thursday, he visited the National Martyr's Memorial, Savar to pay respect to the martyrs of Liberation. He also visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the Dhanmondi area of Dhaka. (ANI)