Qatar signs nine agreements with Sri Lanka as Emir concludes his visit

Jan 16, Colombo: The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani who arrived in Sri Lanka for a two-day official visit on the invitation of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has concluded his left the country this morning.

The Emir (President) of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani who was on a two day official visit to Sri Lanka at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa left after completing asuccessful visit. The Qatari delegation consisted high ranking officials of the Qatari government and several leading business tycoons of Qatar.

The Emir of the oil-rich Gulf nation led a business delegation consisting of high ranking officials of the Qatari government and several leading businessmen.

The two countries on Sunday have signed nine Memoranda of Understanding during the Emir’s highly successful visit.

Both countries have agreed to set up a high level joint committee and Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris on behalf of Sri Lanka and the Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar Khaled bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah for the State of Qatar signed the relevant MoU.

According to Government Media Unit, two other memoranda were signed by the two countries in the fields of research and development in the education and higher education sectors. Qatari Minister Khaled bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah with Ministers Bandula Gunawardena and S. B. Dissanayake signed the MoU.

A MoU for economic, commerce and technological co-operation was signed by the Qata’s Minister of Economy and Finance Youssef Hussein Kamal and Sri Lanka’s Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiyutheen while Sri Lanka’s Culture and Arts Minister T. B. Ekanayake with Qatari Foreign Minister signed an MoU for development and co-operation in the field of culture and arts.

Another five agreements have been signed between the two countries to promote cooperation in investment, economic co-operation, tourism, aviation and law.

President Rajapaksa hosted the Qatari leader and his delegation for a state banquet at the President’s House on Sunday.

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