June 28, Victoria: Sri Lanka and Seychelles today signed six Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with a view of further integrating and deepening the existing relationship between the two countries.
The agreements were signed in short ceremony following the successful bilateral discussion held between the delegations of the two countries
Sri Lanka and Seychelles agreed to widen cooperation following a bilateral meeting held today at the Statehouse in Victoria between the visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Seychelles counterpart President James Michel, accompanied by their respective delegations.
During the bilateral meeting a broad spectrum of reciprocally beneficial issues were discussed, Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The discussions were focused on expanding cooperation in the health sector, tourism trade and investments, as well as in culture and sports, through the sharing of expertise, training for personnel and deepening dialogue to maximize potential partnerships which have manifested both on the Governmental and people to people level.
Vice-President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, who led the Seychelles delegation after the two Presidents left for one-on-one meeting, reiterated the need to establish the Sri Lankan and Seychelles Joint Commission for cooperation.
Sri Lankan Minister for External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris who led the Sri Lankan delegation welcomed Seychelles' move to increase its exchanges with Sri Lanka at cabinet level.
"This is a vivid expression of a robust and dynamic relationship and a true expression of south-south cooperation," Prof. Peiris has said.
Following the successful bilateral discussion, a total of six memoranda of understanding (MoU) were initialed.
The MoUs signed included Agreement on Cultural Cooperation, Agreement in the Field of Tourism, MoU in the Field of Sports, Agreement supporting the Creation of Sri Lankan Seychelles Joint Commission for Cooperation, Agreement between the Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs and Seychelles Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Bilateral Political Consultations and Technical and Investment Cooperation and Power Sector Development in general and the Implementation of Renewable Energy Projects.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)