Colombo, December 5 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa told the visiting Maldivian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid here on Thursday that bilateral and regional cooperation is necessary to curb the drug menace and youth radicalization.,
On the subject of foreign investments ,Gotabaya said: “Sri Lanka is open to such investments not only from China but from countries such as Japan, Australia, Singapore and South Korea as well”.
Both the Sri Lankan President and the visiting Minister agreed that the Indian Ocean must remain free and open for all nations for their economic uplift.
“It was Sri Lanka that proposed the Indian Ocean be declared as a zone of peace in early 70s”, President Gotabaya recalled.
While expressing satisfaction over the status of relations between the two nations, the Maldivian Minister stressed the need for enhancing not only the bilateral cooperation but also the regional cooperation. He highlighted the importance of improving people to people relations between the two countries.