Rwanda, Sri Lanka seek to strengthen ties

The Rwandan High Commissioner to India, Ernest Rwamucyo on Monday presented credentials to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at a function held at the Presidential Secretariat in the capital Colombo.

The Rwandan High Commissioner to India, Ernest Rwamucyo on Monday presented credentials to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at a function held at the Presidential Secretariat in the capital Colombo.

The Rwandan Mission in Delhi is also accredited to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

According to a statement from the high commission, Rwamucyo was accompanied at the meeting by Cally Alles, the Rwandan honorary consul in Sri Lanka, among other officials.

“The High Commissioner stressed Rwanda’s commitment to strengthen bilateral relations with Sri Lanka. He reiterated the need for close collaboration between Rwanda and Sri Lanka in the Commonwealth framework,” reads part of the statement.

Colombo will in November host the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting which will offer a good opportunity to cement bilateral ties between the two nations, officials said.

In a subsequent meeting held with the Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs, Gamini Lakshman Peiris, Rwamucyo emphasised Rwanda’s commitment to cooperate with Sri Lanka on bilateral and global issues.

The two countries are exploring areas of cooperation which include skill development, entrepreneurship, youth collaboration, among others.

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the island country lying off the southern tip of India, in the northern Indian Ocean, has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.

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