Aug 05, Colombo: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana led the Sri Lanka delegation to the 25th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting held on 4 August 2018 in Singapore.
Inaugurated in 1994 in Thailand, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) is the principal forum for security dialogue in the Asia-Pacific region which seeks to promote regional development and prosperity while recognizing challenges to regional peace, security and prosperity.
Delivering Sri Lanka's statement at the Forum, Foreign Minister Marapana highlighted the important, including maritime security, disaster management, defense related confidence building measures and preventive diplomacy, and for sustaining the growing economic dynamism and prosperity of the region. The Foreign Minister also welcomed the steady advancement in the areas of cooperation in the ARF and unreservedly supported the process.
Foreign Minister Marapana held a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the ARF with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Brunei, Lao PDR and Cambodia, and discussed on areas of mutual interest, Foreign Affairs Ministry statement said.
The Sri Lanka delegation included the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Singapore and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.