Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Ties: A Game Changer in the Region
In terms of economic relations, Sri Lanka has been an important friend of Bangladesh for a long time. At different times, the two countries have been partners in each other’s economic progress and prosperity. This trend is still going on. The visit of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to Bangladesh in March 2021 has further enhanced the excellent economic ties. At the same time, it has opened the doors to new possibilities in the field of trade between the two countries. The visit of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to Bangladesh on a State visit has not only honoured Bangladesh but also opened up new possibilities for trade expansion. Various trade agreements have been signed between the two countries at this time, from which both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will benefit economically and socially.
The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa visited Bangladesh on March 19, 2021, at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina. This was his first foreign trip since taking over as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister in August last year (2020). He came to this country at the invitation of Bangladesh even during this critical time. Bangladesh has been truly honoured to have him on such a joyous occasion as the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation and the Golden Jubilee (50 years) of Independence. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina welcomed him warmly at the Dhaka International Airport. Later, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka paid homage to the martyrs of the Great Liberation War of Bangladesh at the National Memorial in Savar. Prime Minister Rajapaksa delivered the ‘Bangabandhu Memorial Lecture’ at the National Parade Ground on the occasion of the birth centenary of the Father of the Nation.