President returns after successful visit to Indonesia
[March 10 2017]
President Maithripala Sirisena returned to the Island
yesterday (08) after completing a successful State visit to Indonesia.
Prior to the state visit, the President attended the Indian Ocean Rim
Association Leaders' Summit at the invitation of Indonesian President
Joko Widoda. The visit helped strengthening the foreign relations and
bringing many developmental benefits to the country.
This year's Leaders' Summit was held on a grand scale
in parallel to celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Indian Ocean Rim
The world leaders during the Summit signed an
agreement aimed at strengthening the cooperation between the countries
in the Indian ocean.
The President also met with several heads of state and
other leaders on the sideline of the IORA Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia.
He held the bilateral discussions with the Indian Vice President
Mohammad Hamid Ansari, South Africa President Jacob Zuma, Australian
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh
During these meetings the President drew his special
attention to further strengthen the trade and economic relations between
Sri Lanka and those countries, and the leaders who met the President
today assured their fullest support to Sri Lanka which move forward with
South Africa President commended the initiatives taken
by the President Sirisena to establish sustainable peace in Sri Lanka.
The South Africa President Jacob Zuma promised to provide every possible
assistance to Sri Lanka in international affairs as well as other
During the meeting with the Australian Prime Minister,
he stated that Australia has been a longstanding consistent friend to
Sri Lanka and the frequent meetings between the leaders of the two
countries further strengthen those relations.
The Indonesian President warmly welcomed the President
Sirisena when he arrived at the Merdeka Palace, the official residence
of the President of Indonesia, marking the first state visit to
Indonesia by a Sri Lankan Head of State in 40 years. A colourful welcome
ceremony was organized at the Merdeka Palace to welcome the Sri Lankan
President and a 21 Gun Salute was accorded to the President.
"The visit will help to further strengthen close
friendly relations and cooperation between our countries", the Indonesia
It was discussed in detail regarding implementing a
new plan to strengthen cooperation in the field of fisheries,
agriculture and tourism between the two countries and further attention
was focused on implementing a programme to exchange the technical
knowledge in the field of agriculture.
Their attention was also drawn to the proposal for a
free trade agreement between the two countries and further discussed to
look into the possibility of this through the Foreign Ministries of the
In the presence of the two leaders, two agreements on
maritime and fishing cooperation and the cooperation on traditional
industries were signed. State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic
Resources, Duleep Vedaarachchi signed on behalf Sri Lanka while the
Maritime and Fisheries minister of Indonesia signed the agreement for
Courtesy: President's Media Division