Rajapaksa leaves Dhaka

Diplomatic Correspondent

21 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa left Dhaka for Colombo on Saturday evening ending his two-day state visit to Bangladesh.

During his visit in the country, he attended state-level programmes of birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and golden jubilee celebration of Independence of Bangladesh.

Rajapaksa also joined the National Parade Ground celebration programmes on Friday and addressed as guest of honour.

He also paid tributes to the liberation war martyrs at the National Mausoleum at Savar on Friday and deep respects to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Bangabandhu Memoriul Museum at Dhanmondi 32 on Saturday morning.

After placing the wreath, Rajapaksa stood there for some time in

solemn silence as a mark of profound respect to the memory of the architect of the country’s independence.

“I’m deeply touched and moved by this sacred space so much venerated by the people of Bangladesh and all the peace loving people in the world,” he wrote in the visitor book.

“The tragedy of Bangladesh that took place at this place on August 15, 1975, in many ways symbolizes the courage and strength it infused in to the people of Bangladesh to protect and cherish the freedom for which Bangabandhu sacrificed his valued life,” he also wrote.

The visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister attended a cultural programme and banquet hosted by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday evening.

On Saturday, Rajapaksa held exclusive meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

They also led delegation level bilateral talks, which was followed by signing of six Memorandum of Understandings in different fields.

Prior to depart Dhaka, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister called on President Md. Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban and discussed various issues.

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen saw-off the Sri Lankan Prime Minister at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport.