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Last modified on: 2/15/2013 8:08:43 AM Prime Minister Of Bangladesh Wishes Chogm Sri Lanka Every Success

Prime Minister Of Bangladesh wishes CHOGM Sri Lanka every success

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, expressing appreciation of the noteworthy progress achieved by Sri Lanka during the brief period since the eradication of terrorism, said that she is looking forward to attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka in November this year. She wished the Summit all success, adding that her government would do everything in its power to ensure an entirely positive outcome.

She made these remarks when Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, called on her at the Prime Minister's Office in Dhaka on Thursday during his two-day official visit to Bangladesh.

Prof. Peiris briefed her comprehensively on the discussions which the government of Sri Lanka held with Mr. Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, during his visit to Colombo this week. He explained to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh the plans being made by Sri Lanka to ensure that the themes and the emphasis of the discussions at the upcoming Summit would yield results which are immediately beneficial to all Member States of the Commonwealth, especially developing nations which comprise the overwhelming majority of the Commonwealth.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that she found particularly useful the focus which Sri Lanka was placing on the Commonwealth Business Forum, to be held on the sidelines of the Summit. Minister Peiris briefed her, as well, on the arrangements currently being made for the People's Forum, to be held in Dambulla and the Youth Forum, the venue of which will be Hambantota.

Prof. Peiris thanked the government of Bangladesh for its consistent support of Sri Lanka in international fora and especially for its intervention at the 14th Session of the Universal Periodic Review of Sri Lanka held in November last year. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina responded that she is convinced of the need for the international community to provide assistance and co-operation for Sri Lanka's efforts to raise the social and economic standards of its people after overcoming the challenges of terrorism, and that her government will continue to support these efforts.

Bangladesh occupies the Chair of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.

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Source: Ministry of External Affairs

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