Aug 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have agreed to further strengthen the friendly relations between the two countries and jointly work in various sectors when Sri Lanka's new Ambassador to Afghanistan met with the Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai Saturday in Kabul.
President Karzai accepted credentials of first Sri Lankan Ambassador to Kabul, Prasad Kariyawasam, in a ceremony at presidential palace yesterday, the official Bakhtar News reported.
After the ceremony, President Karzai while welcoming the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Kabul has expressed his delight on the occasion of opening the Sri Lanka's Embassy in Kabul.
"By opening Sri Lanka's embassy in Afghanistan, bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries will further extend in various sectors particularly in economic and business," President Karzai said.
Sri Lankan Ambassador to Kabul has said that he would try to further extend the bilateral relations which could positively impact the people of the two countries.
The Ambassador has also called on the Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs Zarar Ahmad Osmani Saturday.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs while welcoming the Ambassador and opening the country's Embassy to Kabul said, the extension of friendly relations between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka and cooperation between the two countries in the framework of SAARC is significant.
He added that there are lots of opportunities for both countries to jointly work in various sectors.
The Foreign Minister said his Ministry will carry out necessary cooperation for consolidation of relations between the two countries and implementation of agreements signed between the two countries during recent visit of President Karzai to Colombo.
In the meeting, both sides discussed on increasing business and cultural relations between the two countries and relevant issues to stability in the region.
The Sri Lankan Ambassador highlighted the importance of the relations between the two countries in various sectors and pledged to make efforts in this regard during his mission in Kabul.