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Thursday, 20 July 2017 - 9:00
Sri Lanka welcomes Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop
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Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop arrived in sri lanka yesterday on a two-day official visit.

Welcoming the Australian Minister her Sri Lankan counterpart, Minister Ravi Karunanayake said the visit is significant, since it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Australia.

The two Foreign Ministers held discussions on how to further enhance the bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest, which included economic partnership, development cooperation, combating people smuggling, education and skill development, tourism, reconciliation and the role by Overseas Sri Lankans in the development of Sri Lanka.

He said this year the diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Australia have generated a new momentum in the longstanding relations with a series of recent high level visits undertaken by the President and the Prime Minister.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will pay courtesy calls on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today.

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