Afghanistan to support Sri Lanka in anti-drug trafficking

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Afghanistan Ambassador to Sri Lanka M. Asharf Haidari pledged that Afghanistan would provide its assistance to Sri Lanka in countering drug trafficking in the South Asian region.

He said Sri Lanka remained a vital conduit in the South Asian region security apparatus and both countries had the potential in increasing our security and defence cooperation bilaterally.

The Ambassador expressed these views during a cordial discussion held with Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne at the Ministry, today (17).

“Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have a lot to share and we could cooperate in a multitude of sectors. There is a real potential in enhancing cultural relationship and tourism between the two nations”, he said.

Meanwhile, taking a note on the matters discussed, the Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. Gunaratne highlighted the possibility of bilateral cooperation, covering security and Defence, business and investments and in building institutional capacities and deepening existing ties.