Maldives says it attaches high importance to Sri Lanka

The Maldives today said that it attaches high importance to Sri Lanka as it is one of the closest partners of the Maldives.

The Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera paid a courtesy call on President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom at the President’s Office in the Maldives capital.

The President welcomed the Minister to the Maldives and conveyed his greetings and good wishes to the President of Sri Lanka, the President’s office said.

During the call, the President highlighted the excellent relations between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, and stated that the Maldives attaches high importance to Sri Lanka, as it is one of the closest partners of the Maldives. Furthermore, the President also noted that there is high potential for greater cooperation in the fields of health and education.

The Minister conveyed his gratitude for the collaborative environment the Maldives has always offered and commended the leadership of the President for the impressive economic development of the Maldives.

Samaraweera also had separate talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives Dr. Mohamed Asim.

During the meeting, held at the Ministry, discussions between the two Ministers focused on ways of further strengthening and enhancing the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Minister Asim highlighted the importance of regular consultations between the two countries and expressed appreciation to the Government of Sri Lanka, for their continued support to the Maldives.

Meanwhile, the Third Session of the Maldives – Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Maldives on Thursday.

Dr. Mohamed Asim headed the Maldivian delegation, and Mangala Samaraweera headed the Sri Lankan delegation.

The Joint Commission deliberated on a wide array of issues of mutual importance to both countries. (Colombo Gazette)

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