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Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 08.55 GMT

Singapore to extend fullest cooperation to Sri Lanka at international forums


Minister of Foreign Affairs and Law of Singapore K. Shanmugam praised the new Sri Lankan governmentís efforts for development and reconciliation. Stating this when he called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat today (February 24) he said that Singapore would continue to cooperate with Sri Lanka at international forums.

President Sirisena said Sri Lanka, as a middle-income country is keen to study the success story of Singapore and take lessons from that country to speed up the development in Sri Lanka. He asked the visiting Singapore Foreign Affairs to encourage Singaporean industrialists to invest in Sri Lanka.

He thanked Singapore for the support given for English teacher training programme in North and East Provinces and technical training projects in different parts of the country.

President Sirisena recalled the success in collaboration in the health sector and cited the example of the agreement between the Eye Banks of the two countries that helped many blind people to regain sight.

Praising the efforts for reconciliation, Mr Shanmugam said it would strengthen stability in the country and Singapore entrepreneurs are very much interested in investing in a stable developing nation like Sri Lanka.

He reaffirmed Singaporeís interest to continue and further expand the robust bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka. The minister noted that there was immense potential for further expanding bilateral cooperation and enlisting Singapore's investment in thrust areas such as urban planning, warehousing, low cost housing, public management and capacity building, among others.

President Sirisena said one of the valued books in his library is the Biography of Lee Kuan Yew and expressed good wishes for the ailing former Premierís health and long life.
The Singaporean minister concluded his visit that marked the first high-level interaction of the Singapore Government with the new Sri Lankan Government, since it assumed office last month.






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