A visit down under – Day 2: President and Australian PM hold bilateral discussions (VIDEO)

A visit down under – Day 2: President and Australian PM hold bilateral discussions (VIDEO)

Written by Lahiru Fernando

25 May, 2017 | 8:30 am

President Maithripala Sirisena met the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today (May 25) during his state visit to the country down under.

Having accepted the invitation of Australian Premier, President commenced his three day visit to Australia on Wednesday (May 24).

Upon his arrival, President Sirisena was received at the airport by Senator Simon Birmingham, Australian Minister of Education. Then to mark his visit, he planted a Mahogany sapling at National Arboretum, Canberra.

The Sri Lanka Head of State then traveled to:

  • The Center for Genomics, Metabolomics and Bioinformatics
  • Mount Majura solar farm
  • Sri Lankan Buddhist Temple in Kambah
  • Met with Sri Lankan community in Canberra at the Sri Lankan High Commission

Day 2 – Bilateral discussions

President Sirisena and Australian Premier Turnbull inked the following agreements after discussions:

> A joint declaration, a Memorandum of Understanding and a letter of intent to increase cooperation between the two countries – between Julie Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister and Dr. Harsha de Silva, SL Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

> The Letter of Intent on Cooperation between Geo-science Australia and the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau of Sri Lanka – signed by James Johanson, CEO of Australian Institution and Skandakumar, SL High Commissioner.

During the discussions, PM Turnbull appreciated SL Govt’s efforts to strengthen the reconciliation process and efforts to efforts to uplift democracy.

The Australian PM also expressed optimism in the decentralization of power as well the further strengthening of democracy through constitutional amendments.

The discussions came to an end with President extending an invitation to PM Turnbull for an official visit to the Island.

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