Written by Keshala Dias
25 May, 2017 | 8:41 pm
President Maithripala Sirisena met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on day two of his three-day state visit to Australia, on Thursday.
President Sirisena called on Prime Minister Turnbull at the Australian Parliament in Canberra on Thursday morning.
Thereafter, the two heads of state held bilateral talks.
During the meeting with the two leaders, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised the Sri Lankan government’s efforts to strengthen the country’s reconciliation process.
Prime Minister Turnbull expressed his happiness on the efforts undertaken to strengthen the democracy in Sri Lanka.The Australian Premier went on to note that democracy could be strengthened further through much- needed constitutional amendments including the matter of decentralising power.
President Sirisena, in response, had extended an invitation to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for a state visit to Sri Lanka.
Following bilateral talks, three agreements were inked between the two countries.
The Sri Lankan President was thereafter hosted to a luncheon by the Governor General of Australia Sir Peter Crosgrove.
The President was warmly welcomed at the Government House, where he was accorded a guard of honour and a 21-gun salute.
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