President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat held talks Thursday on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York primarily to discuss the next year's Commonwealth meeting.
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is scheduled to take place in Malta in 2015 and at which Malta will take over as Chair in Office from Sri Lanka.
President Rajapaksa said, after hosting a successful CHOGM last year, Sri Lanka is looking forward to helping Malta by sharing Sri Lanka’s experiences with officials working on the arrangements for the next meeting.
“We look forward to working closely with you,” Prime Minister Muscat told President Rajapaksa.
Malta accepted to host the CHOGM 15 after the expected host Mauritius withdrew.
The two countries agreed to collaborate closely to ensure a smooth transition and to facilitate even better cooperation and decision-making among member states at the next summit