Aug 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Sudan have agreed to explore the possibility of further enhancing cooperation in the fields of defense and security, trade and industries.
Strengthening bilateral cooperation in defence and trade was discussed when a visiting Sudanese delegation led by the former secretary general of defense ministry Gen. (Retd) Abdel- Rahman Mohamed Zein called on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees last evening (29).
The visit by Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in August last year laid the foundation for further strengthening relations between the two countries said General Zein while adding that Sudan could provide assistance to Sri Lanka to develop sugar and cotton industries.
President Rajapaksa told the delegation that Sri Lanka's apparel products could be introduced to the Sudanese market and the Sudanese delegation was of the view that Sri Lanka could act as a gate for trade with countries in the African continent.
President also offered the opportunity to security forces of Sudan to receive training and education at the Kotelawala Defence University and Diyatalawa Military Academy.
Earlier the Sudanese delegation met Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and visited Sri Lankan military training institutes for exploring further training opportunities.
Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G. L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and the Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya also joined the discussion.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)