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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2678

Foreign Minister Bogollagama briefed Nepal on the democratization efforts of Sri Lanka

New Delhi, 14 November, ( Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama when he met the Nepal Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav briefed him on the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka in combating terrorism and bringing democracy to all parts of the country. He also outlined the efforts taken towards constitutional reforms through the All Party Representative Committee.

The Foreign Minister of Nepal Upendra Yadav called on Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama on Wednesday, 12 November in New Delhi on the sidelines of the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical & Economic Cooperation.

Both Foreign Ministers noted at the outset that delegations from the two countries have had the benefit of discussions on a regular basis which is an indication of the close bilateral relations. The Nepal side in particular noted that the regular interactions and visits at the Foreign Ministers’ level have served immensely to augment the bilateral relationship.

The Nepal side thanked Sri Lanka for the extended cooperation in assisting the health and education sectors in Nepal. The two ministers emphasized the need for a private sector focus in further developing mutual links, especially in the trade and aviation sectors. Towards this end it was agreed that both countries would convene a Sri Lanka-Nepal Joint Commission that would take stock of and serve to develop the whole spectrum of the bilateral relationship. The Joint Commission, which would be convened at the Ministerial level, would be the first ever Sri Lanka – Nepal Joint Commission.

The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister reiterated the commitment of the Government of Sri Lanka to continue efforts to develop Lumbini, the birth place of the Lord Buddha, in view of the immense socio-religious significance the place holds for Sri Lankans and Buddhists the world over. The Nepal Foreign Minister while thanking the Government of Sri Lanka noted that around 45,000 Sri Lankans visit Lumbini every year.

The Sri Lanka Foreign Minister on behalf of President Rajapaksa, conveyed an invitation for the Prime Minister of Nepal, Pushpa Kamal Dahal to undertake a State visit to Sri Lanka. The Nepal Foreign Minister also conveyed an invitation, on behalf of the Prime Minister of Nepal, for President Rajapaksa to undertake a State visit to Nepal.

- Asian Tribune -

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