Forg­ing Diplo­matic Re­la­tions

Southasia - - Briefing -

In his re­cent visit to Sri Lanka, Afghanistan’s For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Dr. Zal­mai Ras­soul, met with Sri Lanka’s Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Prof. G.L. Peiris to sign a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant agree­ments cov­er­ing eco­nom­ics, ed­u­ca­tion, de­fense, and tech­nol­ogy. Both for­eign min­is­ters are con­fi­dent to forge sus­tain­able po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic re­la­tions in sec­tors of de­fense and ed­u­ca­tion. More­over, th­ese agree­ments will con­sti­tute the build­ing blocks for ce­ment­ing a bi­lat­eral eco­nomic re­la­tion­ship.

Dr. Ras­soul is the first for­eign min­is­ter from Afghanistan to visit Sri Lanka. His visit comes at a time when Afghanistan is re­build­ing its in­fra­struc­ture af­ter suf­fer­ing im­mense dam­age over the past decade. In this at­tempt, the coun­try is look­ing to its re­gional neigh­bors for as­sis­tance. Devel­op­ment work is al­ready un­der­way ahead of the De­cem­ber 2014 with­drawal of NATO troops. Dur­ing his maiden visit, Dr. Ras­soul held meet­ings with the Sri Lankan Min­is­ter on bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and dis­cussed re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues of com­mon in­ter­est.

A Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing on cul­tural co­op­er­a­tion was also signed at the meet­ing. The Sri Lankan min­is­ter was of the view that both coun­tries share com­mon ideals and face sim­i­lar chal­lenges to sus­tain peace. Fur­ther­more, Sri Lankan del­e­gates were hope­ful of es­tab­lish­ing a mis­sion in Kabul that will fur­ther bridge the diplo­matic gap be­tween the two coun­tries. The Afghan for­eign min­is­ter stated that the South Asian re­gion will pros­per once the diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Afghanistan and Sri Lanka flour­ish.

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