MEDIA RELEASE: FIJI AND SRI LANKA INITIATE DISCUSSIONS TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONS

Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with Sri Lankan Minister for External Affairs Hon. Mangala Samaraweera

Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with Sri Lankan Minister for External Affairs Hon. Mangala Samaraweera

The Fijian Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum today met with the Sri Lankan Minister for External Affairs Hon. Mangala Samaraweera. The meeting discussed issues that will lead to improved bilateral relations between the two countries.

The Attorney-General congratulated the Hon. Minister for External Affairs on the newly elected Government and President H.E. Maithripala Sirisena and wished them well. The Attorney-General also thanked the Sri Lankan Government for their continued support to the Fijian Judiciary and for the provision of scholarships and diplomatic training for Fijians.

“We had very good discussions on strengthening Fiji-Sri Lanka bilateral relations not just between the two countries, but also between Government and business and the business to business relations,” the Attorney-General said.

“Enhancing trade and investment between two countries was one of the key issues that was discussed and in that regard a Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement has been proposed. A draft Agreement will be sent to Sri Lanka to initiate the discussions,” the Attorney-General said.

“The South-East Asian region is experiencing economic growth and high commercial activity, and with the increased India-Fiji activity, we need to capitalise on the opportunities that exist in the countries within the vicinity. Sri Lanka with its new Government can be a country to target for expansion of trade, investment and tourism,” Minister Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“Development of Memorandum of Understanding and other Agreements in areas of interest for both parties, to foster technical assistance and cooperation, sharing of expertise and private sector participation in the area of trade, investment and education were amongst the key issues discussed.”

“We have extended an invitation to Hon. Minister Samaraweera to come to Fiji, and further strengthen our relations,” the Minister added.

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