SL, Russia reaffirm partnership at Moscow meeting 

The 10th Round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Sri Lanka and the Russian Federation was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia in Moscow, last Friday (8). The consultations were co-chaired by the Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Ambassador Igor Morgulov. 

According to the Foreign Ministry, during the meeting, the two sides reviewed existing multifaceted relations between Sri Lanka and Russia encompassing political, economic, and cultural spheres as well as people-to-people contacts. In discussions, the two sides also referred to cooperation in defence, education, connectivity and tourism, and in combating Covid-19, among others. 

Recalling the longstanding historic relations and strong partnership between the two countries, both sides reaffirmed co-operation on issues of mutual interest in multilateral fora. The discussion also focused on regional and international issues of mutual interest. Both sides looked forward to the celebration of the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Russia in 2022.  

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Russia Prof. Janitha Abeywickrema Liyanage and Ambassador of Russia in Sri Lanka Yury B. Materiy, as well as officials of the Foreign Ministries of Sri Lanka and Russia and of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Moscow, participated in the consultations.