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Thursday, 25 May 2017 - 13:08
Australia to assist reconciliation
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Visiting President Maithripala Sirisena and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agreed to expand cooperation between the two countries in several areas.

This agreement was reached during their discussions held at the Australian Parliament in Canberra today.

The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that his country will extend maximum support towards the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.

The two leaders, after concluding a one-on-one round of talks, held bilateral discussions, in which ministers and officials from both sides participated.

Sri Lanka and Australia in the presence of President Sirisena and Prime Minister Turnbull signed a joint declaration, a Memorandum of Understanding, and a letter of intent to increase cooperation between the two countries.

The Joint Declaration on Enhanced Cooperation between Australia and Sri Lanka was signed by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Sri Lankan Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Harsha de Silva.

An  MoU between the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization and the Sri Lanka Presidential Task force for Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease was signed .

The MOU was on a Cooperative Program on the Epidemiology of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology.

It was signed by the  Chief  Executive Officer Dr. Adrian Paterson, and the High Commissioner, Somasundaram Skan-dakumar.

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