- Published on Friday, 23 November 2012 10:28
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa successfully concluded his three day official visit to Kazakhstan bringing many economic and political dividends to Sri Lanka. The three day visit, which was the first by a Sri Lankan Head of State to Kazakhstan, has helped to achieve economic benefits in the tourism, investment and trade and political sectors.
A communiqué issued by the Presidential Secretariat said that the visit resulted in Sri Lanka obtaining of a larger share of the Kazakhstan market for Sri Lanka tea, reaching an agreement to promote and popularize Sri Lanka gems in Kazakhstan, enhancing economic development by promoting the tourism industry between the two countries and encouraging more Kazakhstan investors to invest in Sri Lanka.
The communiqué said that arrangements were also made during the President’s visit to set up a Parliamentary Friendship Society between the two countries to enhance political relations by promoting friendship between the parliaments of both countries.
During the three day visit the President held bilateral talks with the Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov and several other Minisers and also with the Speaker of the Kazakhstan Parliament Kairajti Mami. The visit also marked the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has pledged his country’s maximum support towards the massive development programme being launched in Sri Lanka after the defeat of LTTE terrorism, and has also promised continued support to Sri Lanka as regards false allegations leveled against Sri Lanka and undue pressures exerted against the country in the International field.
The President also addressed a Business Forum in which business leaders from both countries participated and the President of Kazakhstan also attended.
The Sri Lankan delegation also included Minister of External Affairs Prof G L Peiris, Chief Minister of the Uva Province Shasheendra Rajapaksa Parliamentarian Sajin Vaas Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunge and Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Russia Udayanga Weeratunge. (niz)