Sri Lanka President holds talks with Qatari Prime Minister

Dec 13, Colombo: The Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al-Thani, who arrived in Sri Lanka Monday for a two day official visit, has met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday evening, the President’s Media unit said.

According to the President’s Media the two leaders have held private discussions while the delegates from the two countries held bilateral discussions on trade and other matters.

The President has apprised the Qatari leader on the progress of development projects in Sri Lanka, especially in the Northern and Eastern provinces, following the end of the war against terrorism in May 2009.

Commending the massive progress Sri Lanka has achieved in a short time, the Prime Minister has told the President that Qatar is willing to invest in several fields in Sri Lanka.

The two leaders recently held bilateral discussions in Bali on the sidelines of the Bali democratic Forum IV.

The Premier has told the President that Qatar investors are interested in opening super luxury hotels in Colombo and other tourist hotspots outside capital and several Qatari investors are to visit Sri Lanka soon.

The Prime Minister has reiterated his country’s commitment towards strengthening bilateral relations as well as economic cooperation with Sri Lanka.

During the Prime Minister’s visit a MoU is expected to be signed to establish a Joint Committee with the Government of Qatar and also agreements on Economic, Commercial and Technical Cooperation, and cultural cooperation will be signed between the two governments.

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