Lankapage Logo CP 18 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka, Indonesia to expedite negotiations on a preferential trade agreement
Mon, Aug 7, 2017, 07:12 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 07, Manila: Sri Lanka and Indonesia have decided to further intensify efforts in political, economic, developmental, cultural, security related cooperation as well as cooperation in regional and international fora.

The two countries agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation during discussions held between Sri Lanka's State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake and Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi on Saturday (5 August) in Manila.

The two ministers also considered ways and means to achieve concrete results in light of the recent elevation of the bilateral engagement through highest political level interactions including the recently concluded State Visit of President Maithripala Sirisena.

During the discussions both Ministers agreed to expedite the negotiations for the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA), as being a step towards signing an eventual Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in the future.

State Minister Senanayake also conveyed Sri Lanka's desire to intensify Sri Lanka's cooperation with ASEAN including as a future Sectoral Dialogue Partner.

The State Minister of Foreign Affairs is in the Philippines to represent Sri Lanka at the Grand Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).

State Minister Senanayake also held bilateral discussions with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR Saleumxay Kommasith, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Myanmar U Kyaw Tin and Senior Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia Prak Sokhonn on the sidelines of the Forum.

During discussions, Myanmar and Sri Lanka have agreed to take steps to further elevate the good cooperation between the two countries in the areas of tourism, education and technical training as well as Defense and maritime cooperation.

During the meeting with Cambodia's Foreign Minister, initiatives relating to economic and trade, tourism, education cooperation and the long standing cultural cooperation and Buddhist linkages were discussed.

Associated with State Minister Senanayake in the discussions were MP Buddhika Pathirana, Sri Lanka's and Ambassador to the Philippines Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja.


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Tamil Prisoners' case transferred to Anuradhapura Court on the request of witnesses - TNA spokesman
-- [6 hours ago]
Tense situation when Yala National Park reopened for public today
-- [7 hours ago]
Underworld gang member killed in shootout with police
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka nationwide inflation rises to 7.9 percent in September 2017
-- [8 hours ago]
Bangladesh Navy ship Somudra Avijan arrives at Sri Lankan port on goodwill visit
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka issues open international tender to import more rice
-- [9 hours ago]
TRCSL ranks Mobitel's 4G Network as the 'Fastest Broadband Network' in Sri Lanka
-- [9 hours ago]
U.S. Ambassador inaugurates Garment Innovation Center in Sri Lanka
New Pakistan envoy affirms desire to further strengthen political, economic and people-to-people relations with Sri Lanka
Five new envoys to Sri Lanka present credentials to President

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.