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Third Session of the Maldives – Sri Lanka Joint Commission concludes today

09 February 2017, Male’

The Third Session of the Maldives – Sri Lanka Joint Commission was held this morning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim, Minister of Foreign Affairs led the Maldivian delegation, and Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka led the Sri Lankan delegation.

During the Session both Foreign Ministers deliberated on a wide range of issues of mutual importance to both countries. Particular emphasis was given to further enhancing economic cooperation, cooperation on education, tourism, fisheries and health cooperation and cooperation in the area of social protection and legal and law enforcement. Discussions also ensued on consular and community issues, human resource development and cooperation between the two Foreign Ministries. Both Ministers further exchanged common views on regional and international issues including cooperation on counter terrorism and violent extremism.

The Attorney General Mohamed Anil, Minister of Education Dr. Aishath Shiham, Minister of Gender and Family Aminath Zenysha Shaheed Zaki and Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham was also in attendance at the Joint Commission Session.

Attorney General Mohamed Anil during his intervention reflected on the cooperation by both sides in the area of legal and law enforcement.

Minister of Education, during her remarks expressed her appreciation for the continued assistance provided to the Maldives by Sri Lanka in the field of education. Minister Aishath Shiham further expressed Government’s appreciation for enhancing scholarships and placements for Maldivians in 2016.

Minister Zenysha during her intervention thanked the Government of Sri Lanka for welcoming the proposal from Maldives to include cooperation in the area of social protection as a new area of collaboration between the two countries.

Foreign Ministers of both countries also held bilateral discussion earlier this morning. During the meeting held at the Ministry, discussions between the two Foreign Ministers focused on ways of further strengthening and enhancing the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Foreign 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.

The Joint Commission was preceded by the Meeting of the Senior Officials which was held yesterday. His Excellency Ahmed Khaleel, Secretary Bilateral led the Maldivian delegation and Mr. Ranjith Uyangoda, Additional Secretary, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka led the Sri Lankan delegation at the Senior Officials Meeting.

Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Hon Mangala Samaraweera departed this afternoon after concluding his two-day visit. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera was seen off at the airport by the Foreign Minister of Maldives His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim.