Sri Lanka, Australia to enhance cooperation on development and sports

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leading an eight-member delegation arrived in Australia, today on an official visit from 13-17 February at the invitation of Australian Premier Malcolm Turnbull.

The Premier was warmly welcomed at the Melbourne Airport by the Premier of Victoria Daniel Andrews. This is the first visit by a Sri Lankan Prime Minister to Australia in 60 years.

“Our continued collaboration will strengthen our relationship for the benefit of both nations,” Premier Turnbull said.In a welcoming message Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the two countries as Indian Ocean nations, share a strategic vision for a prosperous and secure Indo-Pacific.

During PM Wickremesinghe’s visit, the two Prime Ministers will witness the signing of agreements to enhance cooperation between the two nations on development and sport.

He’ll also meet with Victorian Governor Linda Dessau and will head to Canberra on Tuesday for a reception with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to commemorate 70 years of Australian-Sri Lankan diplomatic relations. Wickremesinghe and his delegation will participate in several bilateral talks in Melbourne and Canberra with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and several other ministers of the Australian government.

The two premiers will enjoy a game of cricket later this week when Sri Lanka takes on the Prime Minister’s XI team at Manuka Oval in Canberra. The Sri Lankan delegation includes Prof. Maithri Wickremesinghe, Irrigation and Water Management Minister Vijith Wijayamuni Soysa, Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva, Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Athaudahetti and Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Sandra Perera.