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* Sri Lanka signs two agreements with Nepal
Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 16:39 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 03, Kathmandu: Sri Lanka today signed two agreements with the Nepali government to establish air service from Kathmandu to Colombo and to form a ministerial level joint mechanism for further corporation between the two countries.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa signed these agreements when he called on the Nepali Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dhal Prachanda at Singha Durbar.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, the next summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), among other issues.

According to the agreement signed a joint commission will meet annually to exchange political and financial support and to cooperate in other major areas such as education and culture.

The two countries expect Sri Lankan tourist arrivals to Nepal to rise after the air services are established to Kathmandu form Colombo.

Sri Lankan President also unveiled Sri Lanka's plans to construct a Buddhist monastery in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

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