Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Health Minister Zahid Maleque pawn medicines to Sri Lankan High Commissioner Bangladeshi Professor Sudharshan DS Seneviratne to support crisis-hit South Asian neighbor economy, at the Padma State Guesthouse in Dhaka on Thursday. — Photo of the star mail
Noting that each country faces unique challenges to varying degrees, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said Thursday that mutual collaboration is much more essential than ever.
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 Guest House.
“We are also ready to provide additional support to Sri Lanka in any way we can,” he said.
Health Minister Zahid Maleque, Chairman of Pharmaceutical Industries Association of Bangladesh Nazmul Hasan Papan and Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Bangladesh Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne attended the program.
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.
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.
‘Our Nation Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was an embodiment of humanity and love for the people. Our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu carries her legacy which often transcends geographical boundaries,” Momen said.
He said the Prime Minister had set unprecedented examples for the world and had earned recognition as the Mother of Humanity.
Under his leadership, he said, Bangladesh has never shied away from helping, in its modest capacity, any struggling nation, especially its neighbours, to secure shared peace and prosperity in the South Asia region.
“The cornerstone of our gesture is pure goodwill and friendship,” Momen said, adding that “our ability to help with medicines and medical devices symbolizes a very significant achievement of Bangladesh in the pharmaceutical industry.”
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 to Sri Lanka.”
Momen thanked the Minister of Health and his team and all other officials, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for going to the trouble of arranging medical supplies for Sri Lanka during the Eid holiday. .
He also thanked local pharmaceutical companies and entrepreneurs for their generous support. “Without your support and effort, this entire endeavor would not have been possible.”