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FM in Nepal to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations

 -  Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka

July 03 2007 - Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama arrived in Nepal on a 4- day official visit at the invitation of the Nepal Foreign Minister Ms. Sahana Pradan.

Minister Bogollagama is in Nepal to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Sri Lanka. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations on 1 July, 1957 the two countries have made great strides in developing, expanding and consolidating the ties of friendship and cooperation. A commemorative stamp was issued in Kathmandu to mark the anniversary.

The Minister during his stay in Kathmandu held discussions with Minister Pradan on bilateral cooperation. During the consultations the two Ministers agreed to expand the existing Trade Agreement to include trade in services and other social segments for further promotion of cooperation between the two countries.

In this regard the two countries will work on finalizing a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.

Foreign Minister also agreed to assist Nepal in the field of heritage management and archaeology.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa sending a message to Prime Minister of Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala said the people of Sri Lanka hold Nepal and its people in great respect. He stated that the sacred site of Lumbini, the birth place of the Buddha stands as a living example of common cultural heritage.

Prime Minister Koirala has expressed the confidence that the mutual understanding and cooperation between the two countries would scale new heights in the years ahead.

Minister Bogollagama in a massage to the people of Nepal mentioned that while we celebrate this important milestone in our diplomatic relations, let us take stock of the positive and constructive developments and resolve to further enhance this relationship for the greater benefit and prosperity of both our peoples.

He added that cultural relations between Sri Lanka and Nepal date back many centuries, and Nepal continues to hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Sri Lankans as the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.

Minister Bogollagama will meet with Nepali Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and some leaders of major political parties during his stay.

Source: Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
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