Written by Keshala Dias
17 Oct, 2016 | 8:53 pm
President Maithripala Sirisena said in India yesterday that ,SL would extend its fullest support to any action taken to combat global terrorism.
The leaders of BRICS – a grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa met with the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) leaders in Goa on Sunday, October 16.
State leaders from BIMSTEC, comprising Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh, participated in the meeting, where President Sirisena, making a special address noted the importance of such summits for increasing the economic growth capacity of BIMSTEC nations.
President Sirisena said at the meeting, peace and stability in the region is an essential element for economic prosperity.
“Following the election on the National Unity Government, we stand as a resilient nation and reach out in friendship and cooperation to realise our full economic potential with many years of conflict deny us”, President Sirisena added.
He went on to note, on the economic front we are in the process of building a knowledge base competitive social market economy that will be integrated with the world and that Sri Lanka is prepared to collectively assess, the challenges and opportunities, that the shift in centre of political gravity in Asia entails while identifying and advancing our own priorities.
President Sirisena held a bilateral meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday.
The Chinese President had stated, there had been positive growth in relations between China and SL.
He pointed out that steps will be taken to further the long standing traditional friendship between both nations.
President Xi added, Chian is prepared for deeper cooperation in sectors including trade, ports operations and infrastructure development in SL.
President Sirisena had noted that the strong friendship between China and SL is even stronger today.
The President’s Media Division noted, President Sirisena also held bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
At this meeting, President Putin had expressed his hope that President Maithripala Sirisena would undertake a visit to Russia next year.
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