Colombo, Feb 9 (NIA) – Sri Lanka and Maldives have focused on ways to further strengthen ties in several fields including tourism, fisheries and economic development, a Foreign Ministry statement said here Thursday.
In a two day Joint Commission held in capital Male, both Sri Lanka and Maldives focused on ways of further strengthening and enhancing the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
Maldives Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim highlighted the importance of regular consultations between the two countries and expressed appreciation to the Sri Lankan government, for their continued support to the Maldives.
The Joint Commission deliberated on a wide array of issues of mutual importance to both countries, including trade and economic cooperation, education and social protection, culture and tourism, fisheries and health cooperation.
Discussions also focused on consular and community issues, human resource development and cooperation between the two Foreign Ministries.
It was agreed that the Joint Commission would be held biennially, with the next session scheduled to be convened in 2019 in Colombo.