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Bilateral relationship has deepened – Afghanistan Envoy

Afghanistan Ambassador in Sri Lanka M. Ashraf Haidari and Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunewardena signing the MoU.
Afghanistan Ambassador in Sri Lanka M. Ashraf Haidari and Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunewardena signing the MoU.

The Sri Lanka-Afghanistan bilateral relationship has deepened with mutual understanding between the two countries, Afghanistan Ambassador in Sri Lanka M. Ashraf Haidari said on Wednesday evening in Colombo.

The envoy was speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on estabilishing a political consultations mechanism between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan and Sri Lanka in Colombo.

The signatories to the accord were Ambassador Haidari and Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The two sides will hold regular political consultations at the most senior level of the two Ministries, discussing for further and long-term cooperation of mutual interest relating to “political, security, economic, culture, education, health, social, people-to-people relations, human resources development, and other issues.”

The Ambassador said that the signing of a cooperation MOU between the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It was facilitated by the Afghan Embassy last September.

“Indeed, the strong friendship and partnership between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka rest on a solid foundation of mutual respect, understanding, and benefit. This is underpinned by our cherished, shared heritage. The statues of Buddha in Afghanistan’s Province of Bamiyan speak to the ancient civilizational bonds that tie the ‘Jewel of the Indian Ocean,’ Sri Lanka, and the ‘Heart of Asia,’ Afghanistan,” Ambassador Haidari said.

Foreign Minister Gunawardena underscored his Government’s firm commitment to expand the growing Afghanistan-Sri Lanka bilateral ties. In this light, the Foreign Minister reiterated Sri Lanka’s consistent condemnation of the terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, calling for a peaceful resolution to end the deadly conflict that daily costs innocent lives. Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage, Regional Cooperation State Minister Tharaka Balasuriya and other senior officials of the Sri Lankan Foreign Relations Ministry were present.