• Friday , 21 Jul 2017
Published : 15 Jul 2017, 17:53:48 | Updated : 16 Jul 2017, 10:27:39AA-A+

Dhaka, Colombo to deepen cooperation in regional forums

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Bangladesh and Sri Lanka today agreed to deepen mutual cooperation in various sub-regional and regional cooperation mechanisms for a peaceful, stable, inclusive and sustainable South Asian region.

In a joint statement issued here at the end of a three-day state visit of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to Bangladesh, the two countries also agreed to work towards focussed and result-oriented regional economic cooperation in BIMSTEC and SAARC, reports BSS.

The two sides further agreed to share respective knowledge, ideas and innovations to effectively realise the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development and the SDGs.

Sirisena began his visit to Bangladesh on Thursday by paying homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and millions of martyred freedom fighters by placing wreaths at Banagabndhu Memorial Museum in the city and National Memorial in Savar.

The joint statement said the two sides acknowledged increased interaction and cooperation between the two countries on contemporary multilateral issues like climate change, disaster management, migration, health and peacekeeping at the UN and other regional and international platforms.

During the official talks between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday, the two leaders affirmed to further strengthen the bilateral relations and engagements based on mutual trust and respect, a vision of securing shared prosperity through mutually beneficial win-win partnership. 

They reaffirmed their common aspiration for peace, stability, harmony, prosperity and sustainable development of the region and beyond, the statement added. 

The statement read that President Sirisena applauded the socio-economic development in Bangladesh under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

He commended Prime Minister Hasina's leadership in development and her contribution to promoting peace, security, stability and democracy in Bangladesh and beyond, it said. 

Recognising the threats arising out of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization on any religious or societal pretext, the leaders pledged to work together to counteract all such challenges in both countries and beyond.

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