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POSTED AT 11:23 AM 06-02-2019

SL, Maldives to jointly fight drug trafficking

President Maithripala Sirisena welcomed Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in a colourful ceremony at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. Picture courtesy President’s Media Division

The leaders of Sri Lanka and Maldives yesterday agreed to enhance cooperation in the fight against drugs and drug trafficking.

This agreement was reached during the official meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and visiting Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

The special programme being carried out under President Sirisena’s purview against illicit drugs came in for high praise by the Maldivian President.

The two leaders also discussed ways to further strengthen the long-standing and historical ties between the two countries, details about existing bilateral agreements on trade, health, defence, education and maritime issues and possible new agreements that could be mutually beneficial, the President’s Media Division said. Both leaders especially focused attention on enhancing bilateral trade opportunities.

Two other areas which garnered attention were enhancing facilities granted to Sri Lankan’s engaged in business in Maldives and streamlining visa facilities offered to Maldivian students studying in Sri Lanka. President Sirisena also thanked his Maldivian counterpart for participating as the guest of honour at Sri Lanka’s National Independence Day celebrations.

The Maldivian President was warmly received by President Sirisena on his arrival at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday morning. A colourful ceremony had been organised including a guard of honour.