Maldives and Sri Lanka to enhance cooperation to curb drug trafficking

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Presidents of the Maldives and Sri Lanka have agreed to work according to a broad and new cooperation in the process of working against illegal drug trafficking.

The official meeting between the visiting Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and President Maithripala Sirisena was held at the Presidential Secretariat, on Tuesday (05).

During this meeting, the Maldives President highly appreciated the special procedure taking forward by President Sirisena to curb illegal drug trafficking and his great commitment towards it.

The Leaders also discussed about the ways to further strengthen the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and the Maldives as well as to revise the agreements entered between the two countries in the fields of trade, health, defence, education and naval cooperation and also to enter into new agreements in relations to those fields.

Furthermore, it was discussed regarding increasing the trade opportunities between the two countries for each other.

Numerous Sri Lankan investors are conducting their business activities in the Maldives, and during this meeting attention was drawn to increase necessary facilities for them and to enhance the facilities to issue Visas for the students from Maldives, who come to Sri Lanka for their education.

The Leaders also discussed regarding the importance of working together as island-nations and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries for the prosperity of the countries in the region.

President Maithripala Sirisena warmly received the Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih when he arrived at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.

A guard of honour was held by the armed forces in honour of the Maldives President.

The Maldives President visited Sri Lanka to participate as the Guest of Honour at the 71st National Day Celebrations and he took this opportunity to extend his gratitude to the President for inviting him.

Meanwhile, the special lunch hosted in honour of the Maldives President was held at the President’s House, yesterday.

The Maldives President and his spouse were warmly received by President Maithripala Sirisena and Madam Jayanthi Sirisena when they arrived at the President’s House.

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