Lanka keen to import medicine from Bangladesh

Sri Lanka has expressed its interest to import medicine from Bangladesh under government to government arrangement, reports UNB.

The interest was shown by visiting Health Minister of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena when he called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Wednesday. After the meeting, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Abul Kalam Azad briefed the newsmen.

Appreciating the Sri Lankan interest to buy medicine from Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina requested the Sri Lankan government to relax registration requirement in bidding documents to help participation of Bangladeshi pharmaceutical companies.

The Prime Minister said Bangladesh offers seven seats to Sri Lankan students to study medicine in the government medical colleges.

At present, around 500 Sri Lankan students are also studying medicine and 50 others in other disciplines in the private colleges in Bangladesh, she added.

Mentioning that she always supported Sri Lanka's fight against terrorism and insurgency, Hasina said now is the time to unite the nation with measures of reconciliation.

She also mentioned that Bangladesh supported Sri Lanka's position at the Human Rights Council.

Recalling the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2011 and Foreign Minister Prof. G I Peiris in February this year, the Prime Minister said the two countries enjoy excellent relations based on shared history and culture.

Maithripala Sirisena handed over a letter of appreciation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha to Sheikh Hasina for her commendable role in poverty alleviation and establishing peace in the region.

Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque, PM's Health Adviser Prof Syed Modasser Ali, Ambassador at-Large M Ziauddin, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Shaikh Md Wahid Uz Zaman and Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad were, among others, present.