SL and Afghanistan sign MoU on political consultations
Sri Lanka and Afghanistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a political consultations mechanism between the SL Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.
The signed MoU remains an important bilateral instrument in the history of 63 years of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The MoU that provides for regular engagement and partnership between the two South Asian countries was signed by Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Afghan Ambassador representing the Government of Afghanistan in Colombo Ashraf Haidari.
Under the MoU, the two countries expressed confidence that the bilateral partnership between the two countries will grow further through active facilitation by both Foreign Ministries, thus enabling a yearly review of the whole gamut of bilateral relations.
This would cover areas such as political, economic, security, culture, health, social, people– to– people contacts and regional cooperation.
The two sides agreed to further enhance bilateral relations and to hold an inaugural session of the political consultations at a mutually convenient time in the near future.
Both sides underscored the high potential areas for bilateral trade, including tea, gem and jewellery, dry fruits, nuts and cereal and highlighted that direct air connectivity would provide both countries to have closer cooperation in tourism, cultural and social engagements.
With this MoU, Sri Lanka completes the establishment of bilateral instruments of political consultations or Foreign Office Consultations with all countries in South Asia.