Philippines, SL sign 5 deals on military exchanges, tourism and agriculture

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President Maithripala Sirisena meets Philippine counterpart Duterte 



President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday held bilateral talks with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacañang Palace in Manila. 


After the meeting, the two countries inked five agreements in the areas of military, tourism and agriculture with the Presidents of both countries being witnesses to event.   

The agreements included a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of National Defence of the Philippines and the Defence Ministry of Sri Lanka concerning defence and military education as well as training and exchanges of defence and military delegations of the two nations.   

MoUs in the field of agriculture, fisheries and related fields and academic cooperation in higher education were also signed between the two countries.   

Among the agreements signed were an MoU between the Department of Tourism of the Philippines and the Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Ministry of Sri Lanka and an MoU between the University of the Philippines-Los Baños and the Sri Lanka Council for Agriculture Research Policy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock, Irrigation, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development (MAREALIFARD) of Sri Lanka.   

President Sirisena is the first-ever sitting Sri Lankan leader to visit the Philippines. He was expected to hold a restricted meeting and an expanded bilateral meeting with Duterte.   

In his message written on the palace guest book, President Sirisena said he hoped his “historic State visit will lead to stronger bonds of friendship, enhance understanding and reinvigorate cooperation for the benefit of the people of both countries.”   




He is also scheduled to visit the Asian Development Bank office in Mandaluyong and the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños during his visit.   

The two heads of state have focused on establishing an economic council to revive economic and trade relations between Sri Lanka and the Philippines.   

The two leaders discussed the strengthening of relations between the two countries in a way that would benefit the two countries. President Duterte agreed to look into the possibility of establishing a Philippine embassy in Colombo.   
They also discussed the establishment of a Joint Economic Council to enhance economic and trade relations between the two countries.   The two heads of state discussed the matter of developing air services between the countries and the Philippine President promised to send a team of representatives next March to inquire into the matter.   

The leaders discussed the importance of eradicating drug trafficking and drug related crimes while the President Sirisena appreciated the contributions made by President Duterte in this regard.