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Australia, SL discuss investment in energy and education

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry (PC) met with the newly appointed Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Paul Stephens at the Ministry premise recently.  

The Foreign Minister congratulated the High Commissioner on his appointment as Head of Mission to Sri Lanka.

He had also appreciated the recent immediate humanitarian assistance Australia extended to tackle domestic challenges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The Australian High Commissioner referred to possibilities for investment in the energy and education sectors, while the Foreign Minister welcomed investments from Australian companies in Sri Lanka.

The Foreign Minister also discussed a range of bilateral issues including matters of mutual interest at the multilateral level.

Senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Australian High Commission were also present at the meeting.

Meanwhile, Ambassador of Vietnam to Sri Lanka Ho Thi Thanh Truc also called on Minister Sabry last Friday (30 September) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Ambassador extended congratulations to the Minister on his appointment and stated that she looks forward to working closely with him during her tenure.

The Ambassador discussed a wide range of issues related to the multi-faceted bilateral co-operation between the two countries. It was noted that Vietnam and Sri Lanka have enjoyed warm and cordial relations for over five decades, and there is potential to expand mutual co-operation in a number of areas. 

The Minister has appreciated that the fourth Round of Bilateral Political Consultations had been held at the Foreign Secretary level in January 2022.  

The strong co-operation between Sri Lanka and Vietnam in political, social, cultural, and educational fields was also discussed during the meeting.