JOINT STATEMENT BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL VISIT OF HONORABLE DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB TUN ABDUL RAZAK, PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA TO SRI LANKA

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JOINT STATEMENT

BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL VISIT OF HONORABLE DATO’ SRI MOHD NAJIB TUN ABDUL RAZAK, PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA

TO SRI LANKA

 

17-19   DECEMBER 2017

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1. At the invitation of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the Honourable Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, undertook an official visit to Sri Lanka from 17-19 December 2017. This is Prime Minister Najib’s second visit to Sri Lanka since assuming office as Prime Minister in 2009.

2. In the context of the two countries commemorating the 60th anniversary of Malaysia-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations, both leaders hailed the strong bonds of friendship forged through shared historical, cultural and social ties between the two countries and their people.

3. During the visit, Prime Minister Najib had a bilateral meeting with President Sirisena. Having noted the deepening of the Malaysia-Sri Lanka relations for six decades, the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further enhance bilateral relations in the years ahead. The two leaders emphasized that the reciprocal high level visits in 2016 and 2017 reflected the importance that both countries have placed on their bilateral relations.

4. The two leaders underscored the desire of both countries to further strengthen bilateral economic ties, including trade and investment promotions. In this regard, President Sirisena welcomed the positive engagement of Malaysian enterprises in Sri Lanka and invited further Malaysian investments, in view of the favourable investment climate introduced by the Government of Sri Lanka. Both leaders stressed the importance of promoting proactive and attractive policies on overseas investments as means of encouraging more direct investment into Sri Lanka.

5. Recognizing that the signing of the MoU on Tourism Related Activities in December 2016, both leaders exchanged views on ways of furthering cooperation in the field of tourism. More collaboration between the two countries would be pursued in promoting tourism industry.

6. Welcoming increased cooperation between the two countries in the areas of youth development, the two leaders noted the importance of capacity building programmes including exchange programmes and study tours. Prime Minister Najib conveyed his gratitude to the Government of Sri Lanka for facilitating the MyCorps Volunteer Programme, an international youth volunteer programme organized by the Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports which was held in Sri Lanka from August to October 2017.Both leaders agreed, as part of the initiatives under the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Field of Youth Development signed in 2016, to facilitate more youth exchange programmes, study tours and youth camps for Sri Lankan youth in Malaysia.

7. The two leaders agreed to expand mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of Science and Technology, and welcomed further cooperation between the Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation (BioeconomyCorp) and Coordinating Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (COSTI) of Sri Lanka on the sharing of information and transfer of know-how in bioeconomy development.

8. Acknowledging the signing of the MoU in the Field of Culture, Arts and Heritage in December 2016, the two leaders underscored that there is much potential for further expansion in the field of cultural relations.

9. President Sirisena commended the leading role Malaysia plays as an education hub in the region and noted the presence of Sri Lankan students in the Malaysian education programmes.

10. Discussion between the two leaders also focused on sharing know-how and technical expertise in the fields of Airport Management and Health sector.

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