Written by Keshala Dias
16 Dec, 2016 | 10:26 pm
The official meeting between visiting President Maithripala Sirisena and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak took place on Friday, December 16.
The meeting at the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office took place as part of the president’s official visit to Malaysia.
President Sirisena was accorded a military guard of honour prior to the meeting.
Prime Minister Razak had expressed Malaysia’s readiness to invest in many spheres in Sri Lanka.
Both the countries inked five bilateral agreements as well.
President Sirisena reaffirmed that Sri Lanka aims to foster reconciliation and develop the economy.
Senior Director of the President’s Media Division Dharmasri Bandara Ekanayake said, matters of exchange in the technical and technology sector, tourism sector and youth affairs were discussed under these five bilateral agreements. The President has expressed his gratitude to the Malaysian Prime Minister for investments and trade done with Sri Lanka.
He went on to note that the Malaysian Prime Minister also praised the new government’s programmes and that his country would support the journey in achieving reconciliation through a consensual government.
Furthermore, he said the president invited Malaysia to continue investments in Sri Lanka, adding that there is opportunity to identify new investment opportunities and develop the existing investments.
“The president also invited the Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka early next year and continue bilateral talks”, he added.
A special cultural and food festival took place in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday evening to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
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