Afghanistan keen to grow bilateral relations with Sri Lanka

Afghanistan Ambassador to Sri Lanka M. Ashraf Haidari called on Sri Lanka’s newly-appointed Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa this week the Afghan Embassy in Colombo said.

The Minister was accompanied by his senior staff and Additional Secretary Ambassador Pakeer Amza of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The two sides had a wide-ranging discussion on the status of growing bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, potential areas of cooperation between the two sides’ Ministries of Finance, as well as an assessment of the recent security developments in Afghanistan with far-reaching implications for regional stability.

Ambassador Haidari told the Minister that the two sides had initiated, initialed, and signed ten MOUs and agreements over the past two years, despite the COVID-19 situation.

Both sides highlighted the importance of a few key pending agreements to be signed in the near future, particularly a bilateral agreement on the promotion and protection of investment aimed at further enhancing bilateral trade and investment between the two countries. Moreover, they agreed that the transfer of sentenced persons agreement, facilitating mutual legal assistance and cooperation, should be finalised and signed soon.