Malaysia confirms support for SL’s entry into RCEP
Colombo (LNW): Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato Seri Diraja Dr Zambry Abd Kadir, confirmed Malaysia’s support for Sri Lanka’s bid to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
This was during a recent meeting with Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena at Temple Trees, Colombo.
Sri Lanka’s inclusion in RCEP would enhance its economic ties with the larger South East Asian community, the Sri Lankan Premier pointed out. Minister Zambry Abd Kadir reciprocated by acknowledging the importance of Sri Lanka in their region and ensured unwavering support.
Gunawardena also expressed his commitment to the ASEAN vision for the Indo-Pacific, promising to actively further this economic viewpoint.
The dialogue between the leaders revolved around enhancing bilateral ties, specifically focusing on the potential for expanded trade and investment cooperation within frameworks like the Indian Ocean Rim Association.
The Sri Lankan Prime Minister invited Malaysian investors to explore opportunities in Sri Lanka’s growing sectors, such as hospitality, education, and pharmaceuticals, acknowledging Malaysia’s position as one of the island nation’s top investment partners in recent years.
The Prime Minister appreciated Malaysia for assisting Sri Lanka during last year’s economic hardship. Referring to the strong historical connections and closeness between the two nations, Minister Zambry Abd Kadir conveyed his government’s eagerness to fortify economic and trade relations.
High-level Malaysian delegation included Under Secretary Generals Dato Syed Mohamed Bakri Syed Abdul Rahman and Ahmed Kamrizamil Reza and High Commissioner Badli Hisham Adam.
State Minister Suren Raghavan, MP Yadamini Gunawardena and Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake also attended the meeting.