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Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 18:17
Australian Prime Minister Commends President on the Implementation of the LLRC.-Video

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has commended Sri Lanka for the successful implementation of the LLRC recommendations and the country's ability to maintain a remarkable economic growth.

The Australian Prime Minister credited Mahinda Rajapaksa for the success of the implementation of the LLRC recommendations when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The two leaders held a cordial discussion and caught up on a range of matters of bilateral interest.

President Rajapaksa briefed the Prime Minister on recent developments in Sri Lanka in the economic and development sectors as well as ongoing reconciliation work.

Prime Minister Abbott told the President it is a "a remarkable achievement" that Sri Lanka was able to maintain a 7.8 percent GDP growth with the potential of it increasing further before the end of the year.

The two leaders also discussed bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

The two countries closely cooperate to prevent human smuggling across the Indian Ocean and Australia this year gifted two Bay Class petrol boats to Sri Lanka to boost anti-smuggling operations.

Meanwhile, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat also held talks on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York primarily to discuss the next year's Commonwealth meeting.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is scheduled to take place in Malta in 2015 and at which time Malta will take over as Chair in Office from Sri Lanka.

President Rajapaksa said, after hosting a successful CHOGM last year, Sri Lanka is looking forward to helping Malta by sharing Sri Lanka’s experiences with officials working on the arrangements for the next meeting.

The meeting between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Sessions will be held today.

Presidential Spokesperson Mohan Samaranayake stated that the meeting will be held at around 9.15 PM Sri Lankan time.

This would be the first meeting between the two state leaders, since President Mahinda Rajapaksa participated at the swearing in ceremony of the Indian Premier.

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