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President of Austria Mr. Heinz Fischer and President Maithripala Sirisena agreed to increase the cooperation in the economic development between the two countries as friendly nations.
The two leaders came into this agreement when they held an official disvussions today (Feb. 19) at the President’s Office of Austria.
President Sirisena who arrived in the President’s Office of Austria was welcomed by President Fischer. A Guard of Honour was also held to welcome President Sirisena, who is on a 2-day state visit to Austria. After the Guard of Honour, two national anthems were played.
Subsequently, the two leaders started bilateral discussions. The discussion was focused on expanding of the friendly relations of the two countries.
“The new government of Sri Lanka is now carrying out the program to build the coexistence and reconciliation in the country by fulfilling the responsibilities of a post-war period, after ending the 26 years long terrorism in Sri Lanka”, said President Sirisena. He added that Sri Lanka is expecting the assistance of every friendly country to re-build the fallen economy of Sri Lanka due to terrorist activities.
The aim of the new government is to uplift the living standards of the people while developing the economy of this country, the President said, adding that the government has already initiated programs to develop the infrastructure facilities in the country to promote the manufacturing sector of the country to find solutions for the problem of unemployment among the youth.
The Austrian President pledged to provide every possible assistance to Sri Lanka to get the EU ban on fish exports lifted as well as to get the GSP plus facility.
President Sirisena requested the Austrian President to provide their assistance in promoting the tourism industry of Sri Lanka and the Austrian President expressed his consent regarding this.
The Austrian President commended the Government’s commitment in protecting Theravada Buddhism and said that Sri Lanka can be named as a country, which strongly practices the Theravada Buddhism.
Following the bilateral discussions, both leaders held a joint press conference.
Addressing the joint press conference, leaders of the both countries stated that their hope is to further enhance the existing bilateral ties between the two countries.
President Maithripala Sirisena thanked for the warm hospitality accorded to him by the government of Austria.