On August 31, President Sirisena also inaugurated a ‘Trade, Tourism and Investment Dialogue’ organised by the Institute for Strategic and Socio-Economic Research of Nepal. Addressing the gathering, State Foreign Affairs Minister Vasantha Senanayake requested that Sri Lankan companies in construction, education, IT, healthcare, apparel and hospitality be facilitated to invest in Nepal.
During the visit, two Memoranda of Understanding were exchanged between the two governments; the first, between the Institute of Foreign Affairs of Nepal and the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute of Sri Lanka and the second, on Cooperation for Youth Development.
President Maithripala Sirisena also visited the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretariat headquartered in Kathmandu. He was received by SAARC Secretary General Amjad Hussain B. Sial, as well as SAARC Directors. To mark his first visit to the SAARC Secretariat, the President planted a tree sapling in its premises.
At the SAARC Secretariat, President Sirisena said that Sri Lanka supported the SAARC process as one of its founding members, and that his visit was intended to encourage the Secretary General and other staff for the tasks that laid before them.
He visited the Anand Kutir Vihara and the Rato Machindranath Temple and received a briefing on the progress of their reconstruction. The President and his delegation also visited the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu.