President ends a successful tour of Australia

President ends a successful tour of Australia

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President Maithripala Sirisena has successfully ended his official tour of Australia. Our special representative Vidura Paranamanna reporting from Australia said that the President has left the country to return home.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that Australia will support Sri Lanka for the sustainable programme to be secure in energy. This assurance was given at a meeting held between President Maithripala Sirisena and the Australian Prime Minister. Their discussion dealt at length on further consolidating economic and trade ties. Malcolm Turnbull said that Australian investors are geared to undertake investments in Sri Lanka. He said that an immediate programme will be formulated in this respect.
The Australian Prime Minister assured to provide technical and research knowhow with respect to the agricultural industry in Sri Lanka and also for training of human resources in the tourism industry. The Australian thanked the Sri Lanka Government for the support given to prevent migrants arriving in Australia along the sea route.
The President elaborated on the narcotics prevention programme launched in Sri Lanka. The President sought support from the Australian Prime Minister to prevent the smuggling of narcotics to Sri Lanka along the sea route. Responding instantly Malcolm Turnbull assured the necessary support for the success of this programme. Agreement was reached to support the programme mooted by Sri Lanka for the prevention of the kidney disease. It was agreed to extend the support of the Australian National Science Technical Organization for the required research activities.
Three agreements were inked between the two countries to further strengthen bilateral relations.
A special ceremony was organized to welcome President Maithripala Sirisena at the Australian Governor General’s official residence. On arrival at the Governor’s residence, the President was extended a warm welcome.
Thereafter the President called on the Australian Border and Emigration and Immigration Affairs Minister Peter Duton.
Thereafter he held a discussion with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
The President met Australia’s Defence Minister Marise Payne and held a discussion.
After these talks the Sri Lankan President met Australian Opposition Leader Bill Shorten at the Parliamentary Complex.