Noting that each country faces unique challenges to varying degrees, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said today that mutual collaboration is much more essential than ever during this difficult time.
The dual impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the resulting supply chain disruption and the war between Russia and Ukraine have distorted the global economy, he said.
The Foreign Minister made the remarks while handing over medical assistance to Sri Lanka at a reception held at the Padma State Guesthouse.
“We are also ready to provide additional support to Sri Lanka in any way we can,” he said.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque, President of the Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI), MP Nazmul Hasan Papan and Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne were present.
As a friend and close neighbour, Momen said, Bangladesh is also privileged to stand with Sri Lanka in every possible way in times of crisis.
“This is further demonstration that the trajectory of our bilateral relations is in the right direction,” he said.
The Foreign Minister said that this medical assistance from the Government of Bangladesh to the friendly people of Sri Lanka is an expression of solidarity and friendship between the two nations as they celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations this year.
Over the past 50 years, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as South Asian neighbors, have maintained close cooperation.
“Our two countries enjoy a common historical heritage, shared culture and values, similar development aspirations and face identical challenges,” Momen said.
He said that Bangladesh appreciates the value of good relations with Sri Lanka and understands the importance of making them even more fruitful and tangible.