The High Commissioners of Pakistan and Bangladesh and the Ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Afghanistan, and Kuwait are scheduled to meet Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa. These meetings were held at the Ministry of Finance yesterday (27) morning.
Bangladesh High Commissioner Tareq Md. Ariful Islam, Acting High Commissioner to Pakistan Tanvir Ahmad, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Abdul Naser H. Al Harthi, Ambassador of Kuwait Khalaf Bu Dhhair, and Ambassador of Egypt Hussein EL Saharty has met the Minister of Finance. There was a lengthy discussion on how to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and those countries and how to work in mutual cooperation.
Welcoming the support extended to Sri Lanka by countries in the Middle East and South Asia, Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka will continue to work to enhance regional cooperation and mutual understanding.
Speaking on the occasion, the High Commissioner of Bangladesh said that he was pleased that Sri Lanka was able to achieve an economic growth rate of 4% in the face of the covid epidemic and explored opportunities for the exchange of more containers based on the Port of Colombo based on Bangladesh's exports. Bangladeshi High Commissioner Tareq Md. Ariful Islam pointed out the need for greater economic cooperation. He said his government hopes to achieve rapid economic growth by providing investment opportunities for investors in both countries.
The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Tanvir Ahmad said that the Government of Pakistan will provide the necessary technical and related facilities for the promotion of animal husbandry in Sri Lanka at the rural level and hopes to further develop the long-standing cultural and social ties between the two countries.
Addressing the Finance Minister, the Egyptian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Hussein EL Saharty said that he would support the creation of more opportunities for Sri Lankan tea in the Egyptian market and that the two countries would work together to boost tourism. He also said that Egyptian investors would be encouraged to invest in Sri Lanka.