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Sri Lankan President Eyes To Strengthen Ties With Qatar

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Qatar is seen as an attempt to enhance ties between the two countries, and the meet is expected to boost mutual cooperation.

The two day visit begins today and the President will be meeting the Emir of Qatar and also high level officials tomorrow.

Qatar-Sri Lanka Business and Investment Meeting will be taking place today, which promotes investment opportunities to Qatari investors in the island nation. The visit will also witness signing of six agreements between Qatar and Sri Lanka.

“The two-day visit of the Sri Lankan President to Qatar will further boost the cooperation between the two countries. It will enhance the bilateral diplomatic relationships and common interests in other areas including trade and investment,” ASP Liyanage, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Qatar, told.

“Besides several high level meetings between the Sri Lankan President and Qatari dignitaries, there will be six important agreements that will be signed between Qatar and Sri Lanka, including one related to the energy sector,” he added.

The President is accompanied by a high level delegation comprising several senior ministers including, Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, Rishad Badiudeen, Minister of Minister of Industry and Commerce, Faisal Mustafa, Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils,  Wasantha Senanayake, State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Ajith P Perera, Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy.

Around 120,000 Sri Lankans are employed in Qatar and diplomatic relations between the two countries was established in 1976.

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