Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) meets with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. (Photo: EPA/VNA)
 
Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Leaders of Malaysia and Sri Lanka have reaffirmed the determination to raise the bilateral relations to a new level through seeking new cooperation areas during Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s visit to Malaysia.

A joint statement issued on December 16 after the meeting between Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena stressed that the two countries will boost collaboration in new areas relating to politics, trade, investment, education, tourism, human resource, training, culture and people-to-people exchange.

They also agreed to increase visits by government leaders as well as private businesses to further expand bilateral ties.

Anti-terrorism and non-traditional security issues were raised at the leaders’ talks as they agreed that Sri Lanka and Malaysia need to continue sharing information and experience in this field.

They held that international issues should be settled by peaceful talks and diplomatic measures. Concerned parties need to build trust and mutual understanding for regional and international stability.

Prime Minister Najib and President Sirisena witnessed the signing of five memoranda of understanding on tourism, youth, culture-art-heritage, agriculture and scientific research.

The President of Sri Lanka is on his three-day visit to Malaysia from December 16.-VNA