“Your Excellency is the first foreign leader to visit our country after the current President assumed duties. Your Excellency, your visit is a milestone in our friendly relations,”, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Maldives Ms. Dunya Maumoon who met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Kurumba Island Resort yesterday (6).
President Rajapaksa, while expressing satisfaction at the continuous development of the bilateral relations between the two countries thanked the Maldives government for the warm hospitality and friendly reception extended to him and the delegation.
President and the Foreign Minister further exchanged views on the matters which were discussed at official negotiations on the previous day. Bothe President and the Foreign Minister agreed that SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) should be strengthened for the welfare of member countries. This should be achieved on an equal platform irrespective of each member country’s various geographical and economic differences, they emphasized.
“Sri Lanka has helped us a lot. Maldives too continuously supported Sri Lanka at international fora. That support is assured in the future too”, Ms. Dunya Maumoon said.
While focusing attention on the Commonwealth President and the Foreign Minister agreed to that fact that Organization should be guided on the correct path as there are attempts to use it as a political tool.
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Higher Education Mr. S.B. Dissanayake, Monitoring MP of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne and Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Maldives Mr. Dixon Dela Bandara were also present at the discussion.