The outgoing High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Sri Lanka Riaz Hamidullah paid a farewell call on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees on Tuesday .

High Commissioner Hamidullah, who served in Sri Lanka for nearly four years, expressed his “gratitude and appreciation” to the Prime Minister for the support extended to him during his tenure and noted that   Sri Lanka-Bangladeshi relations are at an exceptional level and would be further improved in the coming years, particularly in areas such as trade, agriculture and fisheries.

The Prime Minister  thanked the High Commissioner for his work in Sri Lanka  requested him to convey his gratitude to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina for her recent phone call to wish Prime Minister Rajapaksa as he marked 50 years in politics, the PMs Office said in  a news release.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa also commended the Mother Language Day program jointly organized by the High Commission of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Education earlier this year and requested the High Commissioner to urge his successor to continue that work.

The High Commissioner, on behalf of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, extended an invitation for Prime Minister Rajapaksa to visit Bangladesh at a convenient date in the future.

Outgoing HC of Bangladesh Riaz Hamidullah with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa