“Pleased to welcome President Joko Widodo of Indonesia. In our very fruitful discussions, we agreed to increase bilateral economic, trade, educational and technological cooperation to the benefit of both nations,” President Sirisena said following the talks this evening.
Widodo arrived in Sri Lanka this afternoon on an official two-day state visit on an invitation extended by President Maithripala Sirisena.
He was accorded a ceremonial welcome with guard of honor and twenty-one-gun salute at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this evening.
Sri Lanka and Indonesia established diplomatic relations 65 years ago, and have been maintaining cordial bilateral relations since then. In 2016, President Maithripala Sirisena undertook a State visit to Indonesia.
The Indonesia President is visiting the island nation as part of a diplomatic tour of five-member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), in a bid to strengthen Indonesia’s strategic partnership in the Indo-Pacific region.
During the series of state visits from January 24 to 29 he is to meet his counterparts in Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. (Colombo Gazette)