Sirisena, Razak discuss FTA, reject violent extremism

Malaysia and Sri Lanka today have called on all nations to reject terrorism. Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and President Maithripala Sirisena were unanimous in their rejection of violent extremism, the New Straits Times reported.

They also expressed strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestation. “Both sides agreed to continue sharing information and best practices with a view to address the challenges posed by terrorism and other traditional and non-traditional threats,” they said in a joint statement.

In promoting trade, the two countries also agreed to explore the possibility of initiating a Malaysia-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement.

“The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen bilateral trade and investment cooperation, and to deepen their economic engagement for mutual benefits.”

Sirisena assured that the Malaysian investors would enjoy a conducive investment climate in Sri Lanka. Earlier, the two leaders witnessed the signing of five memorandum of understanding – on tourism related activities; on cooperation in the field of youth development; on recruitment, employment and repatriation of workers; in the field of culture, arts and heritage, and on agriculture scientific research and technical cooperation.

Sirisena is in Malaysia for a three-day work visit and this is his first visit since he took office in January last year. (Colombo Gazette)