Boost for Lanka-Maldives ties
Maldivian Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullah Shahid who arrived in Sri
Lanka on Thursday on a two-day official visit, called on President
Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka and Foreign
Minister Rohitha Bogollagama.
The discussions with the Sri Lankan leaders centered on a range of
bilateral issues including further strengthening of the growing
bilateral ties between the two countries.
Further, matters of common interest within the framework of SAARC and
15th SAARC Summit to be held in Sri Lanka also featured in the
The leaders expressed satisfaction over the rapidly increasing
interaction between the two countries, especially since President
Rajapaka’s state visit to the Maldives in 2007, which was followed by a
number of Ministerial and officials’ level visits between the two
Dr. Abdullah Shahid was appointed as the Foreign Minister in August
2007 and this is his first official visit to Sri Lanka as Foreign