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Bangladesh-Sri Lanka wants to start passenger ferry between 2 countries

Arshad Khan

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, two neighboring South Asian countries, want to start passenger commercial ferry service between themselves.

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, two neighboring South Asian countries, want to start passenger commercial ferry service between themselves. Discussions regarding this have already started between Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe said this in a message posted on social media X. He said, on the sidelines of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi on June 9, he spoke with Sheikh Hasina on various issues of bilateral interest, including ferry operation on the Bangladesh-Sri Lanka route.

Wickremesinghe said on X Post, “I had a discussion with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina after the swearing-in ceremony of the Prime Minister of India in New Delhi. Various issues including development of relations between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, regional cooperation and potential investment came up in the discussion. Sheikh Hasina has promised to help develop Sri Lanka’s agricultural system. He also mentioned that Bangladeshi investors will be encouraged to invest in this sector. I will soon send a delegation of Sri Lankan agronomists and experts to Bangladesh to observe the agricultural system in Bangladesh.’

“Also, we have discussed about passenger ferry movement between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He has also invited me to the BIMSTEC (Regional Cooperation Organization based on the Bay of Bengal) conference, but due to the (Sri Lankan) elections, I may not be able to attend that conference.’

Incidentally, this is the first time that the discussion of passenger ferry movement between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka has started. If indeed it takes off, it is expected to be quite positive for the travel and tourism sectors of both the countries.

The Indo-Ceylon Express ferry operated between India and Sri Lanka until 1982. Later it was closed in 1983 due to the civil war in Sri Lanka.

Passenger ferries between Nagapattinam in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and Kankesanthurai in Sri Lanka were reopened in October last year after being closed for nearly four decades.

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