Sri Lanka, Nepal to expand bilateral relations
NEPAL: Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama is visiting Nepal at the
invitation of the Nepal Foreign Minister Ms. Sahana Pradan.
The visit coincides with the 50th anniversary of establishment of
diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Nepal, which fell on 1 July,
The Embassy of Sri Lanka together with the Government of Nepal has
organized a series of activities to celebrate the golden jubilee
anniversary. The celebrations commenced with a issue of a commemorative
postal stamp, the Foreign Ministry said.
The Minister during his stay in Kathmandu called on Minister Pradan
and held bilateral consultations. During the consultations the two
Ministers agreed to expand the existing Trade Agreement to include Trade
in services and other Social segments for promotion between the two
In this regard the two countries will work on finalizing a
Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.
Regarding on going negotiations between the aviation authorities of
Sri Lanka and Nepal the Ministers expressed satisfaction and optimism
that during the next round of talks to be held in Colombo on 16-17 July,
the two countries could conclude an agreement.
This would result in Sri Lankan Airlines commencing flights between
Colombo and Kathmandu during the golden jubilee year of diplomatic
relations. The meeting also focused on completion of the construction
work of the Sri Lanka Monastery and the Pilgrims’ Rest in Lumbini.
The Sri Lanka Minister who is scheduled to visit Lumbini to inspect
the projects assured the Nepali Minister that the two facilities will be
operational very soon.
Minister Bogollagama agreed to assist Nepal in the field of heritage
management and archaeology.
They underscored the need to develop the cooperation in the area of
tourism between the two countries.
It was decided to enter into a bilateral Protocol to bring together
the tourism authorities of Sri Lanka and Nepal to prepare a Programme of
action to develop and promote joint Tourism packages, collaborative
activities, investment in tourism Infrastructure and sharing of
experiences and expertise.
Sri Lanka offered to provide training assistance to Nepal in the
fields of inland fisheries, tea research and city cleaning systems.
Minister Bogollagama said Sri Lanka would grant annual undergraduate
scholarships to Nepali students in the areas of Urban Planning,
Humanities and Archaeology.
The Foreign Ministers of Sri Lanka and Nepal expressed hope that the
proposals and decisions made during the bilateral consultations
especially the proposed air connectivity and Comprehensive Economic
Partnership Agreement will open a new chapter in the diplomatic
relations between the two countries for the mutual economic benefit of