Sri Lankan President leaves for Bangladesh visit

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Colombo, July 13 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday left for an official three-day visit to Bangladesh, his office said in a statement.

During the visit, President Sirisena is expected to hold bilateral talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali, as well as opposition leader Khaleda Zia, Xinhua news agency quoted the statement as saying.

Sirisena who is heading a 73-member delegation is expected to hold extensive bilateral discussions regarding ways to strengthen cooperation in the maritime, education, tourism, fisheries and health sectors, while focusing on promoting investments between the two countries.

Both sides are also expected to sign 10 agreements.

This is Sirisena’s first official visit to Bangladesh since being elected President in 2015.

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He had travelled to Bangladesh earlier as Health Minister in 2013 and 2014.



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