Sri Lanka – Malaysia to boost economic ties
Malaysia and Sri Lanka reiterated keen desire to build on the outcomes of the recent highest level engagements and to achieve concrete progress on the decisions taken. During the meeting Hon. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, had with Malaysian Foreign Minister, H.E. Dato’ Sri Anifah Haji Aman, on Monday (07 August 2017).
Both Ministers agreed to convene, at an early date, the bilateral dialogue mechanisms focusing on trade, investment, tourism, culture and enhance business collaboration. It was also agreed to intensify efforts to finalize the several draft instruments which are being negotiated in time for the next highest political engagement.
State Minister Senanayake also conveyed Sri Lanka’s desire to intensify closer cooperation with ASEAN including as a future Sectoral Dialogue Partner and sought Malaysia’s support for this intended partnership. State Minister Senanayake represented Sri Lanka at the Grand Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN and the 24th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in the Philippines.
During the meeting, State Minister Senanayake referred to the rich contribution the Malay community has made to Sri Lankan society and thanked Malaysia for the opportunities made available for Sri Lankans to work in Malaysia. These factors, he said, contribute economically and culturally to Sri Lankan and Malaysian societies and enhance people to people contacts.
Associated with State Minister Senanayake at the discussions were Hon. Buddhika Pathirana M.P., Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Philippines Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja, Director General of East Asia and the Pacific Mr. O.L. Ameerajwad and other senior officials of both countries.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
8 August 2017