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Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 02.10 GMT
Sri Lanka- Sudan relations to be strengthened


Sri Lanka and Sudan explore the possibility of further enhancing cooperation in the fields of defence and security, trade and industries. Views in this regard were exchanged when a visiting Sudanese delegation called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees last evening (29).

Former Defence Secretary General of Sudan Gen. (Retd.) Abdel Mohamad Zein led the delegation. The visit by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in August last year laid the foundation for further strengthening relations between the two countries said General Zein while adding that Sudan could provide assistance to Sri Lanka to develop sugar and cotton industries.

President Rajapaksa told the delegation that Sri Lanka's apparel products could be introduced to the Sudanese market. President also offered the opportunity to security forces of Sudan to receive training and education at the Kotalawala Defence University and Diyatalawa Military Academy. The Sudanese delegation was of the view that Sri Lanka could act as a gate for trade with countries of the African continent.

Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G. L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and the Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasooriya also joined the discussion.




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