Colombo, Dec 16 (NIA) – Malaysia is ready to explore new investment opportunities in Sri Lanka, says the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdul Razak.
President Maithripala Sirisena who is currently on an official tour to Malaysia, held bilateral discussions with the Malaysian Prime Minister Abdul Razak at the Prime Minister’s Office, on Friday.
A welcome ceremony was organized at the premises of the Prime Minister’s Office to welcome the President and as given a Guard of Honour by the Armed Forces.
Following bilateral discussions, five agreements were signed between the two leaders covering the areas such as foreign employment, youth development, tourism, culture and agriculture.
Expressing his views President Sirisena said that his prime expectations were to build reconciliation in the country and to create a stable and economically developed Sri Lanka.
He further said that the government is committed to strengthening the reconciliation process in the country and to create a stable economic development. He said the government was taking the assistance of friendly countries in the world.
President Sirisena said that the new agreements signed on Friday will pave the way to create new relations between Malaysia and Sri Lanka in the fields of tourism, education , foreign employment and agriculture. The President also suggested the Malaysian Prime Minister to introduce a new scheme to expand the educational opportunities to Sri Lankan students to study in Malaysia.
The President recalled his previous visit to Malaysia 9 years ago as the Minister of Agriculture and said that Malaysia had progressed in the field of Agriculture seen through his own eyes. He further said the Sri Lankan government expects the technical assistance of Malaysia to develop the Sri Lankan agricultural industry.
The Malaysian Prime Minister stated that the program for coexistence and reconciliation in Sri Lanka has drawn the attention of the entire world. “It is the objective of Malaysia to enhance the investment and trade opportunities in every sector in Sri Lanka”, he said. He also stated that Malaysia is always ready to assist for the investment of the education sector in Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister pointed out that Malaysia has more opportunities for technical training. He also said Malaysia is ready to help Sri Lanka on that regard.
The two leaders also discussed about enhancing of tourism between the two countries.
The President further stated that Sri Lanka will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Malaysia. He also invited the Malaysian Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka.