Feb 16, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has announced Sri Lanka's support to Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Adviser at the Emiri Diwan and Qatar's candidate for the post of Director General at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), during a meeting here.
During the meeting, the President hailed the distinct relations between the two countries, and expressed keenness to further developing bilateral relations in all fields, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.
President Sirisena highlighted the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's visit to Sri Lanka in 2015, and said he looks forward to visit Qatar soon to promote the bilateral relations in all areas.
The President talked about Sri Lanka's role in the UNESCO in the fields of education and heritage, praising the role of the State of Qatar at the educational level.
He underlined Sri Lanka's support to the Qatari candidate for the post of UNESCO director general, which stemmed from the excellent relations between the two countries, and confidence in the capabilities of the Qatari candidate, looking forward to cooperate with him in the future for the success of the noble goals of UNESCO.
Dr. Al Kuwari thanked the Sri Lankan President for his support, and presented a part of his vision for the advancement of UNESCO, stressing his keenness to cooperate with Sri Lankan officials in the various fields of UNESCO, particularly in education, heritage and science.
During his stay in Sri Lanka, Dr. Al Kuwari met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who praised the relations between the two countries, and expressed support for Qatar's UNESCO candidate.
The Qatari candidate also met with Sri Lanka's Minister of Higher Education Lakshman Kiriella. Talks during the meeting dealt with the educational institutions role in developing education and the role of UNESCO in that regard.