Bangladesh has reassured its support to Sri Lanka at international fora. This message was conveyed to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by Bangladeshi Foreign Secretary Mr. Md. Shahidul Haque at a meeting at Temple Tress this morning.
“We stand by our Sri Lankan brothers on the issue of human rights,” Mr. Haque told President Rajapaksa. “It’s an internal matter, and we are confident of the leadership. We don’t want to see this brought up (in international fora) at any level.”
Recalling his last visit to Sri Lanka more than five years ago, Secretary Haque said he is “very impressed and pleasantly surprised by the development that has taken place” since his last visit.
Secretary Haque also briefed President Rajapaksa on the purpose of the current visit, which is to assess ongoing collaborations and explore new sectors of cooperation including the areas of trade and shipping.
Others in the Bangladeshi delegation included the High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Colombo Mr. Mohammad Sufiur Raaman, a joint secretary of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Shipping Mr. Nasir Arif Mahmud and Director (South Asia) of the Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Tareq Md. Ariful Islam.
Deputy Minister of Ports and Highways Nirmala Kothalawala, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Karunatilake Amunugama also joined the meeting.