Duterte, Sri Lanka President Sirisena boost defense, agri ties during visit


SEEDS OF COOPERATION. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes the hand of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena as he arrives in Malacañang. Malacañang photo

MANILA, Philippines – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena’s state visit to the Philippines yielded agreements on defense, agriculture, and education cooperation for the two countries.

Sirisena and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte witnessed the signing of 5 memoranda of understanding on Wednesday, January 16, in Malacañang Palace.

Sirisena, who is in the Philippines from January 15 to 19, is the 6th foreign leader to visit the country under the Duterte administration, excluding those who flew over to attend international fora.

Duterte had earlier hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The 5 MOUs signed during the Sri Lankan leader’s visit are the following:

  • MOU concerning Defense and Military Education and Training and Exchanges of Defense and Military Delegations (between Philippines’ Department of National Defense and Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defense)
  • MOU on Cooperation in Agriculture, Fisheries, and Related Fields
  • MOU on Academic Cooperation in Higher Education (between Philippines’ Commission on Higher Education and Sri Lanka’s Ministry of City Planning, Water Supply, and Higher Education
  • MOU between Philippines’ Department of Tourism and Ministry of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs
  • MOU between the University of the Philippines Los Baños and Sri Lanka Council for Agriculture Research Policy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock, Irrigation, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development


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