Ships & Ferry

A Ferry Service Between Bangladesh And Sri Lanka Is Set To Launch Soon.

A Ferry Service Between Bangladesh And Sri Lanka Is Set To Launch Soon.
  • PublishedJune 12, 2024

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and President Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka have begun talks on a free trade agreement (FTA), reports the Daily Mirror.

According to the Sri Lankan daily, these discussions occurred during a recent meeting between President Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi, held on the sidelines of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.

Posting on X, President Wickremesinghe said, “I committed to sending Sri Lankan agricultural experts to study Bangladesh’s methods. We also discussed a free trade agreement and a potential passenger ferry service between our countries.

Prime Minister Hasina invited me to the BIMSTEC Summit, but due to elections, PM Dinesh Gunawardena and FM Ali Sabry will attend on my behalf. She expressed satisfaction with Sri Lanka’s economic progress, and I assured her that I would visit Bangladesh after the elections.”

Meanwhile, during his meeting with S. Jaishankar, Wickremesinghe stated that discussions focused on resuming development projects with Indian investments, India’s “Neighbourhood First” policy, and plans for an industrial zone in Trincomalee.

“I briefed him on the new Economic Transformation Act, the Truth and Reconciliation Bill, and updates on agricultural modernization and fishermen’s issues. He mentioned plans to visit Sri Lanka soon to oversee progress and coordinate Prime Minister Modi’s visit,” he wrote.

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Shane Mathew

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