Written by Staff Writer
17 Nov, 2013 | 4:19 pm
Two patrol boats were provided to Sri Lanka by Australia on Sunday to tackle people-smuggling operations in the Indian Ocean.
The boats were presented at an event held aboard the Sayura naval vessel this morning, under the patronage of the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that a group of distinguished guests including Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Navy Commander Jayanath Colombage participated at the event.
The Ministry said that a memorandum of understanding was also signed to prevent migrants travelling to Australia on boats. Meanwhile, the Australian Prime Minister has praised the post war progress in Sri Lanka at a discussion held with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday evening.
Prime Minister Abbot had also thanked the President for Sri Lanka’s co-operation on solving the problems posed by illegal immigrants.
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