FM Peiris holds discussions with Thailand, Bangladesh

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Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris held discussions with several ministers on the sidelines of the 5th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Summit.

FM Peiris and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai discussed practical modalities of cooperation over a wide range of areas including support for activities connected with Theravada Buddhism and the Buddha Sasana and the travel of pilgrims.

The two parties also discussed support for the gem and jewelry industry in Sri Lanka, collaboration in the field of tourism, innovative methods of paddy cultivation and inland fisheries and the development of the small and medium sector industries.

During discussions with the Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, FM Peiris highlighted the progress with regard to a Preferential Trade Agreement, cooperation in the field of higher education, synergies in respect of the apparel industry in the two countries, greater connectivity and integration between the ports of Colombo and Chittagong, and collaboration in international trade.