SL-AFG sign MoU on Political Consultations

2021-04-08 at 08:42

Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a political consultation’s mechanism between the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.

The MoU that provides for regular engagement and partnership between the two South Asian countries was signed by Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Afghan Ambassador in Colombo Ashraf Haidari.

Under the MoU, the two countries expressed confidence that Sri Lanka-Afghanistan bilateral partnership will grow further through active facilitation by both Foreign Ministries, enabling a yearly review of a range of bilateral relations.

The Foreign Ministry statement said, the mechanism will cover areas such as political, economic, security, culture, health, social, people – to –people contacts and other areas of common interest including regional cooperation.

With this MoU, Sri Lanka completes the establishment of bilateral instruments of Political Consultations or Foreign Office Consultations with all countries in South Asia.

The two sides have also agreed to further enhance bilateral relations and to hold an inaugural session of the Political Consultations at a mutually convenient time in the near future.

Meanwhile, representatives of two countries have underscored the high potential areas for bilateral trade, including tea, gem and jewellery, dry fruits, nuts and cereal and have highlighted that direct air connectivity would provide both countries to have closer cooperation in tourism, cultural and social engagements.