A discussion was held at the Ministry of Finance between subject Minister Basil Rajapaksa and several diplomats from Middle Eastern and Asian countries.
The High Commissioners of Pakistan and Bangladesh and the Ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait were present at the discussion.
A lengthy discussion was held on was to further strengthen existing bilateral relations between these countries and Sri Lanka and to work in mutual cooperation.
Minister Rajapaksa commended the support extended to Sri Lanka by Middle Eastern and South Asian countries adding that Sri Lanka will continue to work to enhance regional cooperation and mutual understanding.
The Bangladesh High Commissioner said he was pleased that Sri Lanka was able to achieve an economic growth rate of 4 percent amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Kuwaiti Ambassador said his government hopes to extend support to Sri Lanka to emerge as a trade hub in South Asia.
Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Tanvir Ahmed said the Pakistan government will provide technical and related facilities for the promotion of animal husbandry at rural level.
During the talks, the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia stressed that steps will be taken to provide necessary assistance to Sri Lanka to obtain vaccines under the World Health Organization’s vaccination programme.
The Egyptian Ambassador meanwhile stated that Egypt will support the creation of more opportunities for Sri Lankan tea.