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Sri Lanka and Myanmar to strengthen relations

The leaders of Sri Lanka and Myanmar have agreed to strengthen trade and economic relations between the two countries, the Sri Lankan President’s media division (PMD News) reports.

“President Maithripala Sirisena pointed out that there are many similarities in Sri Lanka and Myanmar with both countries are being nourished with Theravada Buddhist philosophy and the economies of the two countries based on agriculture and said that this strong relationship between the countries could be easily built up,” PMD News said.

“President Sirisena appreciated the steps taken by the President of Myanmar to strengthen democracy and further said that Sri Lanka, as a true friend of Myanmar, is ready to provide any assistance in international forums.”

Meeting in Nepal at an economic summit on Thursday, the two presidents discussed new approaches to activating the Sri Lanka-Myanmar Joint Trade Agreement, originally signed in 1999 to facilitate trade between the two countries.

A report published by the UN this month accused Myanmar of committing genocide against the Rohingya.

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