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* Sri Lanka, Tajikistan Presidents to work together to ensure regional security and combat drug trafficking
Fri, Jun 14, 2019, 09:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 14, Dushanbe: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena, who is on a state visit to Tajikistan to attend the 5th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, met with the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon on Friday in Dushanbe for bilateral discussions.

Following a grand welcome accorded to the visiting Sri Lankan President at the President's Palace in Dushanbe, the two leaders held discussions on strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries through a proper mechanism.

President Sirisena said it is his objective to work closely with the other countries in the world in Sri Lanka’s march towards economic prosperity.

Since both countries are committed to strengthen economic development and international trade, the two leaders paid their attention to lay a solid foundation to revitalize the bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and Tajikistan. The necessity of forming a mechanism to identify business and investment opportunities were also emphasized.

Both leaders pleaded to work in unison to ensure regional security and to combat drug trafficking.

President Rahmon recalling the warm hospitality extended towards him during his visit to Sri Lanka said the current visit by President Sirisena will further cement the friendly ties between the two countries.

Following his meeting with Tajikistan leader, President Sirisena said they held a "very fruitful" exchange of ideas and President Rahmon has excellent views on security of small nations and confidence building measures to prevent conflicts.

During his stay in Dushanbe President Sirisena visited the Tajikistan National Museum where nature, civilizations, Medieval period, modern and contemporary historical objects were on display. President inspected the structure of the museum and his special attention was drawn to an ancient statue of Buddha.

President then visited Nurek hydro power plant in Dushanbe. He was received by the Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan at the plant. The President inspected the activities of the plant and the operational procedure of the plant was explained to him.

The hydro power plant is the main power plant in Tajikistan and the country is not only able to meet the high demand for electricity in winter but also to export the excess during summer time. Once the construction of the power plant is completed export of power will occupy an important place in the foreign exchange earning of Tajikistan.

President together with his Tajikistan counterpart and the Deputy Prime Minister took part in a special banquet.

The Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures will take place tomorrow (15) and many leaders of the Asian region have come to Dushanbe to attend the Summit.

President will address the Summit tomorrow and is scheduled to meet several leaders on the sideline of the main event.


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