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* Kuwait MPs' visit to Sri Lanka will boost bilateral cooperation
Wed, Jun 4, 2014, 11:53 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 04, Colombo: A Kuwaiti parliamentary delegation visiting Sri Lanka said the visit will further the relations between Kuwait and Sri Lanka and boost the bilateral cooperation.

The visit by Deputy National Assembly Speaker MP Mubarak Al-Khurainij and an accompanying delegation to Colombo yielded positive developments on many fronts, the delegation has told the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

The Kuwaiti Deputy National Assembly Speaker met with his Sri Lankan counterpart Chandima Weerakkody, on Tuesday, as part of his official visit to Sri Lanka. He also met with Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris and Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Dilan Perera.

Al-Khurainij recalling Sri Lanka's stance in support of Kuwait during the Iraqi occupation of 1990, hailed the bilateral relations and said the visit aims to develop cooperation in all fields, and mainly in the parliamentary domain. The talks will also touch on regional and international issues of mutual concern, he added.

He said the Sri Lankan community in Kuwait has a good reputation and respects the host-country's laws.

Sri Lankan Deputy Speaker meanwhile, noted the strong and friendly relations shared by the two countries and appreciated the support from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) for develooment projects in Sri Lanka, especially in the electricity and power field.

Noting that Sri Lanka's economy is growing and the number of Kuwaiti tourists is increasing, Weerakkody called on the Kuwait entrepreneurs to engage in more investments in the country.

The Kuwaiti delegation included MPs Saleh Ashour, Hamdan Al-Azmi, Majid Moussa, and Mohammad Al-Hadiya, and also includes representatives of the Assembly’s Secretariat.

At the meeting with Minister Dilan Perera, the delegation discussed the delay in results of health-checks for would-be domestic helpers seeking work in Kuwait, as well as the great disparity in payment sought for domestic helpers in Kuwait and in other Gulf countries.

The Kuwaiti delegation stressed the importance of providing workers with appropriate training and orientation, and of closer and constant coordination between the Kuwaiti Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor and the Foreign Employment Promotion Ministry of Sri Lanka.

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