The delegation of the Georgian Foreign Ministry has paid a visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

On 3 and 4 August 2016, the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia led by Deputy Minister David Jalagania paid a visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Within the framework of the visit, the sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Foreign Ministries of the two countries and held the first round of consultations. The consultations from Sri Lanka were led by Grace Asirwatham, Additional Secretary (Economic Affairs & Trade, Midde east & Africa and West) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  Representatives of various departments of the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry, as well as government agencies responsible for internal affairs, higher education, commerce, investments and export also participated in the consultations.
 
It was the first official meeting at the level of foreign ministries since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

During the consultations the sides emphasized their intention to further develop partnership between the two countries in various areas of co-operation. The participants exchanged their views on the agenda of each country in the political, trade-economic, legal, agricultural, cultural, educational areas, as well as in the sectors of investments, science and tourism. The importance of exchanging high-level visits, establishing parliamentary links, further developing economic relations, intensifying people-to-people contacts and improving the legislative framework was also emphasized. The sides paid special attention to the increasing number of visitors from Sri Lanka to Georgia. They spoke about the main directions of the country’s internal and foreign policy, the situation in the regions of South Caucasus and South Asia. The sides agreed to hold the second round of consultations in Tbilisi, in 2017.

In the frames of the visit, David Jalagania held a meeting with Secretary of the MFA of Sri Lanka EsalaWeerakoon, during which the results of the working meeting were highlighted.  David Jalagania and EsalaWeerakoon expressed the readiness to speed up the signing of the different  framework agreements and to promote the mutual exchange of high level visits.  
 
In the frames of the visit, President of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka Sarath Kahapalarachchi and Secretary General of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka Ajith D. Perera met the Georgian delegation. The two sides discussed the countries’ trade potential and export production. The Georgian delegation underlined Georgia’s significant geopolitical location and beneficial trade regimes both with the countries of the region and with the European Union. The two sides expressed the wish and readiness to establish direct business ties between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the two countries.
 
David Jalagania thanked the Sri Lankian side for the cordial hospitability and for the strong and unequivocal support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The two sides underlined the importance of carrying out regular dialogue and agreed to promote the implementation of the tasks and issues mapped out during the political consultations.