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* Sri Lanka and Maldives to enhance cooperation to curb drug trafficking
Tue, Feb 5, 2019, 09:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 05, Colombo: The Presidents of the Maldives and Sri Lanka emphasizing on building of existing relationships between the two countries have agreed to enhance collaboration on efforts to curb the use and trafficking of illicit drugs.

President of the Republic of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who concluded his two-day state visit to Sri Lanka today held bilateral discussions with the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today.

President Sirisena warmly received the Maldives President when he arrived at the Presidential Secretariat today. A guard of honor was held by the armed forces in honor of the Maldives President. Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was also present at the ceremony.

During discussions, President Sirisena, describing the Maldives as a close friend and neighbor, has reassured of his government's unwavering commitment and support towards the Maldives. President Solih noting the manifold contributions made by Sri Lanka towards the Maldives expressed his desire for further cooperation on mutually beneficial areas.

Both Presidents have emphasized the importance of building on existing partnerships encompassing such areas as economics and trade, fisheries, health, tourism, environment - and especially climate change, to which island nations such as the Maldives and Sri Lanka remain particularly vulnerable.

The Maldives President has appreciated the special procedure taking forward by President Sirisena to curb illegal drug trafficking and his great commitment towards it.

Presidents Solih and Sirisena, further agreed that both countries confront the use and trafficking of illicit drugs by sustained collaborative efforts.

The Leaders also discussed about the ways to further strengthen the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the Maldives as well as to revise the agreements entered between the two countries in the fields of trade, health, defense, education and naval cooperation and also to enter into new agreements in relations to those fields.

Furthermore, it was discussed regarding increasing the trade opportunities between the two countries for each other.

Numerous Sri Lankan investors are conducting their business activities in the Maldives, and during this meeting attention was drawn to increase necessary facilities for them and to enhance the facilities to issue visas for the students from Maldives, who come to Sri Lanka for their education.

The Leaders, highlighting that regional cooperation is an important priority, also discussed the importance of working together as Island nations and SAARC countries for the prosperity and security of the region.

The Maldives President visited Sri Lanka to participate as the Guest of Honor at the 71st National Day Celebrations.

The Sri Lankan President hosted a special lunch at the Presidentís House, today in honor of the Maldives President.


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