Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka appreciates Malaysia's assistance for IDPs

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama telephoned the recently appointed Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Anifah Bin Haji Aman yesterday (19 May 2009), and congratulated the latter on his new appointment. The Minister said that he looked forward to working closely with his Malaysian counterpart for the mutual benefit of the two countries. Further, he conveyed the Sri Lankan Government's appreciation for the generous contribution of US$ 100,000 by the Malaysian Government for the rehabilitation of IDPs in the North.

Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah felicitated the Government of Sri Lanka for unifying the entire country and liberating the areas which were under the control of the LTTE for the past 27 years. Minister Bogollagama, while appreciating Malaysia's consistent support for Sri Lanka's unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity requested the Malaysian Foreign Minister for his Government's assistance to contain LTTE activities identified by Sri Lanka in the region.

Referring to the Address to the Nation by President Rajapaksa yesterday, the Foreign Minister informed his Malaysian counterpart that the Government has given the utmost priority to create an environment conducive for its people to live in peace and harmony as one nation with pride and dignity under the National Flag of Sri Lanka. The Minister highlighted the importance of rebuilding the devastated infrastructure, such as highways, bridges, schools, hospitals etc., in the liberated areas enabling the displaced civilians to return to their original homes.

Pointing out that Sri Lanka and Malaysia enjoy strong bilateral relations, the Malaysian Foreign Minister requested Government of Sri Lanka to continue providing opportunities for Malaysian entrepreneurs to engage positively in the trade and investment sector. Responding to Minister Anifa's remarks, Minister Bogollagama mentioned that Malaysia's single largest investment in the telecommunication sector has a visible presence in the country. However, to further strengthen the existing economic relations, he invited the Malaysian entrepreneurs to diversify their investment into other sectors such as infrastructure development and livelihood programmes in the North and the East of Sri Lanka.

Both Ministers agreed to continue their constructive dialogue in the Regional and international fora for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Colombo