Sri Lanka and Cyprus discuss enhancing bilateral ties
The Consul General of Sri Lanka in the Republic of Cyprus, M.H.M.N. Bandara has recently called on President of the House of Representatives (Speaker of Parliament) Annita Demetriou and focused on enhancing bilateral ties.
The Consul General, during the meeting, has handed over the felicitation message issued by Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena for the newly-appointed President of the House of Representatives on her assumption of duties.
The President of the House of Representatives has reportedly highlighted the excellent bilateral relations maintained by both countries and explore more economic-orientated activities between Cyprus and Sri Lanka other than the political relationship.
According to local media reports, she has also mentioned that the former President of the House of Representatives has extended an invitation to the Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka to visit Cyprus and she hopes the visit would be arranged in due course.
The President of the House of Representatives is to reactivate the Cyprus-Sri Lanka Parliament Friendship group and is also looking at working with the Commonwealth Parliament Association in which both countries have been members.
Sri Lanka and Cyprus established diplomatic relations in 1963 and the Resident Consul General office was opened on 19 February 2019.
Sri Lanka enjoys strong bilateral and trade ties with many foreign countries and is in the process of further strengthening ties. The many trade agreements and trade concessions enjoyed by the country have also helped boost Sri Lanka’s manufacturing and exports sectors. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore look at setting up base in Sri Lanka or explore the possibility of forming partnerships and joint ventures with local businesses to engage with other countries.
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