Duterte eyes Sri Lanka visit when COVID-19 situation improves
President Duterte has accepted the invitation to visit Sri Lanka once the global coronavirus situation has improved.
The invitation to embark on the foreign trip was relayed by Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during a phone conversation with the Philippine leader Monday, June 28 while discussing ways to boost bilateral cooperation on trade, defense, and tourism. The Palace released the information only Wednesday, June 30.
“President Rajapaksa extended deepest appreciation for the cooperation and mutual support between Sri Lanka and the Philippines in multilateral venues, including at the United Nations Human Rights,” the Palace said.
“He likewise extended his invitation for President Duterte to visit Sri Lanka, to which the President responded saying that he is looking forward to undertaking such visit when the global situation normalizes,” it said.
In the phone call, the two leaders agreed to further strengthen bilateral relations between the Philippines and Sri Lanka. The two countries are commemorating 60 years of diplomatic relations this year.
“Over the last six decades we have pursued fruitful relations. We look forward to sustaining this and exploring further the full potential of our cooperative ties,” Duterte said.