Ambassador Haidari Calls on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to Discuss Bilateral Relations

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Colombo: - Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari called on HE Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa on December 12, 2019, following his meeting with HE President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on the same day. The Ambassador conveyed to the Prime Minister the sincere congratulations of HE President Ashraf Ghani and a congratulatory letter from his Afghan counterpart HE Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on assuming his new position, following the recent electoral victory of HE President Rajapaksa.

HE Prime Minister Rajapaksa greatly appreciated the congratulatory messages from Afghanistan’s leadership, including a congratulatory message from HE Former President Hamid Karzai, which he said is a manifestation of the close and fast-growing Afghanistan-Sri Lanka bilateral relations. HE Prime Minister Rajapaksa and Ambassador Haidari reviewed the implementation status of the MOUs and agreements signed by the two sides so far, highlighting numerous opportunities for bilateral cooperation—covering security and defense; business and investment; institutional capacity building; cultural cooperation and deepening people-to-people ties through enhanced connectivity via sea and air.

Taking note of the fact that it was under his presidency in 2013 when Afghanistan and Sri Lanka elevated their diplomatic ties to resident level, opening Embassies in Kabul and Colombo, HE Prime Minister Rajapaksa offered his full and strong support for the implementation of all signed agreements. He was glad to know from Ambassador Haidari that both sides had worked on a number of new agreements and MOUs to be finalized by both sides for signature. In this light, Ambassador Haidari requested the Prime Minister to consider visiting Afghanistan in the New Year, which he welcomed to do so sometime after March. 

Read Ambassador Haidari's article on "Afghanistan-Sri Lanka: Natural Partners in Democracy and Development."

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