Bangladesh donated medical supplies worth an estimated total of BDT 200 million equivalent to US$2.32 million to Sri Lanka in a ceremony held at the State Guest House Padma in Dhaka on Thursday. (5) .
The emergency medical supplies provided were in response to a request made by the Sri Lankan government through its mission in Dhaka.
Bangladesh’s High Commissioner to Colombo, Tarek Ariful Islam, said, “This is yet another act of friendship between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.” He recalled that the two countries have had deep relations for decades.
The goodwill gesture is significant of the long-standing bilateral relations, as Sri Lanka and Bangladesh commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations this year. Dhaka previously supported Colombo by providing $200 million under a currency swap deal.
The medical assistance donation was handed over to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Dhaka, Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne, by the Government of Bangladesh, in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. AK Abdul Momen, the Minister of Health, Zahid Maleque, and President of the Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (BAPI) Nazmul Hassan, MP.
The medical supplies will be sent to Colombo by SriLankan Airlines, which currently operates daily flights in the Dhaka-Colombo sector.
Foreign Minister Momen said mutual collaboration is more essential than ever in these difficult times.
“We are also ready to provide additional support to Sri Lanka in any way we can,” he said.
The Foreign Minister said this medical assistance to the friendly people of Sri Lanka is an expression of solidarity and friendship between the two nations as they mark 50 years of diplomatic relations this year.
He said Bangladeshi products have now gained a good reputation in the global pharmaceutical market due to their high quality and competitive prices. “We also export [medicine] in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan High Commissioner expressed his government’s gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his government for the friendly gesture. He noted that Sri Lanka appreciates the friendly relations with Bangladesh and is committed to strengthening them further in the coming days.