Sept 12, Colombo: Togo's President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, who is on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka, discussed expanding trade and investment ties between the two countries when he met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday at the Presidential Secretariat.
On his arrival at the Presidential Secretariat, President Faure Gnassingbe was warmly welcomed by President Sirisena.
President Sirisena said the Togolese President's visit to Sri Lanka is a great boost to the economic, trade and investment ties between the two countries.
President Faure Gnassingbe said he will be meeting with the leading Sri Lankan businessmen tomorrow and at the meeting he will invite Sri Lankan businessmen and investors for new investment opportunities in Togo. He added that steps will be taken, especially to provide more facilities for the businessmen in the garment industry.
President Sirisena briefed his Togolese counterpart on the successful measures taken by the government and the security forces within a short period of time to combat terrorism surfaced with the terrorist attacks on the 21st of April.
President Faure Gnassingbe he expects to discuss Sri Lanka's progress in tackling terrorism at the International Terrorism Conference which is to begin in Togo next Saturday.
President Sirisena expressed his satisfaction over Togo President's short but fruitful visit to Sri Lanka and said it is a top priority for Sri Lanka to strengthen economic ties with African countries.
The President expressing hope that the Togolese President's visit will further strengthen the cooperation and friendship between the two countries, presented a special souvenir to President Faure Gnassingbe.
Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Arjuna Ranatunga, and Ranjith Aluvihare, Secretary to the President Udaya R. Seneviratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ravinatha Aryasinha and several others were present at the occasion.