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* Sri Lanka, Malaysia reaffirm commitment to strengthen regional stability, denounce terrorism
Sat, Dec 17, 2016, 10:18 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 17, Putrajaya: Sri Lanka and Malaysia, maintaining a common understanding on a number of important regional and international issues have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen regional stability and called upon all States to reject terrorism.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during their bilateral meeting on Friday in Putrajaya emphasized the need for concerted efforts to build confidence and mutual understanding, as well as strengthen stability both regionally and internationally.

"The two leaders agreed that international issues should be resolved through peaceful dialogue and diplomatic means," a joint statement issued following their meeting said.

Prime Minister Razak and President Sirisena held in-depth discussions on all aspects of Malaysia-Sri Lanka relations, and exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concern.

Both leaders unanimously rejected violent extremism, and expressing their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestation, called upon all States to reject terrorism and bring perpetrators of terrorism to justice.

Both sides agreed to continue to sharing information and best practices with a view to address the challenges posed by terrorism, and other traditional and non-traditional threats.

"Noting that the two countries maintain a common understanding on a number of important regional and international issues, both sides expressed satisfaction with their close and active engagement in regional and international affairs, and recognized each otherís responsibility in the promotion of peace, development and security of the region, and beyond, based on a convergence of political and socio-economic interests and aspirations," the statement said.

Both leaders, while expressing satisfaction with the progress made over the years, reaffirmed their determination to take the bilateral relations between the two countries to the higher levels by exploring new areas of cooperation including in the political, trade and investment, education, tourism, human resource, training and cultural relations as well as people-to-people contact.

Recognizing the need to engage at the highest level towards further enhancement of bilateral relations between the two countries, the two leaders agreed that every effort will be made to encourage and promote exchanges between Government officials and leaders of private sector with a view to further expand the relations at official and private sector levels.

 


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