This is the first State Visit to Bangladesh by the President after he assumed office. The government of Bangladesh had prepared all the arrangements to accord him a grand welcome. The President was warmly received by the President of Bangladesh Mohamed Abdul Hamid. The President was accorded a guard of honour with 21-gun salute.
The International Airport in Dhaka was decorated with the Sri Lanka Bangladesh national flags, demonstrating the warm friendship between the two countries.
Foreign Minister, Finance Minister and Health Minister of Bangladesh welcomed President Sirisena at the airport.
The President will hold bilateral discussions with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today(July 14). He will have bilateral discussions regarding the ways to strengthen the cooperation in the fields of the maritime, education, tourism, fisheries and health as well as the ways to promote investments and trade between the two countries.
During the Presidents visit, the two countries are expected to sign several bilateral agreements in the fields of agriculture, education, training of diplomats and Immigration & Emigration.
Presidents delegation included Minister Ravi Karunanayake, State Ministers Wasantha Aluwihare and Mohan Lal Grero, Deputy Ministers Lasantha Alagiyawanna and Nishantha Muthuhettigama.