Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – Bangladesh on Thursday welcomed the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka in view of Dhaka’s close relations with Colombo and also hoped for peace across the world.

“Bangladesh expects that peace, stability and the rule of law will prevail around the globe,” a spokesman of the Foreign Ministry said in a press statement in Dhaka.

In this context, the spokesman said Bangladesh is hopeful that the friendly people of Sri Lanka would be able to “march forward within an environment of peace, amity and harmony with the participation of the entire population”.

The Foreign Ministry also welcomed the speech of President Mahinda Rajapaksha in the Sri Lankan parliament in which he has promised to ensure freedom and development to all his countrymen and called everyone towards a ‘new era of national revival’.

BBN/ANS/AD-22May09-1:15 am (BST)