Sept 22, New York: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister of Nepal Sher Bahadur Deuba held bilateral a meeting on the sidelines of the 72nd Session of UN General Assembly, in New York City on Thursday (21).
During this meeting, the leaders of the two South Asian nations paid special attention to further developing bilateral relations between the two countries in all the fields, at a time Nepal and Sri Lanka celebrate the 60th anniversary of their relationship.
The two heads of state discussed in detail on ways to take forward the economic, trade as well as religious and cultural ties between the two nations.
The Nepal Premier said that the commitment shown by Sri Lankan President for the activities of the SAARC is significant and the gratitude of all the SAARC countries must go to him in this regard.
The President pointed out the need of continuously taking forward the activities of the SAARC without any hindrance and said that when he met with the leaders of Pakistan and India recently, he had emphasized the need for strengthening the activities of the SAARC.
Recalling the meeting he had with the Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari when she visited Sri Lanka to attend the International Buddhist Conference in May this year, President Sirisena said he expects to visit Nepal in next October accepting the invitation extended to him by the Nepal President during her visit to Sri Lanka to further promote the bilateral relations.
The Nepal Prime Minister emphasized that they are ready to provide their assistance to Sri Lanka when needed and said that Nepal always provide assistance to Sri Lanka in issues of human rights.
During the meeting the President extended his deep concern for the hardships faced by Nepal due to the recent earthquake and said that as a friendly country Sri Lanka took steps to provide every possible assistance to Nepal.
The Nepal Prime Minister also extended his gratitude in this regard and said that he is very pleased on this meeting as two important countries in the SAARC as well as friendly states which have long history.