Sri Lanka and Afghanistan Explore Greater Trade Relations – August 26, 2020
Posted on August 26th, 2020

Prime Minister’s Media Office

Better connectivity that results in better trade relations could mutually benefit Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. This was the main focus of the discussion when Ambassador of Afghanistan to Sri Lanka Ashraf Haidari called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa this morning at Temple Trees.

The two governments are currently working on the possibility of establishing a direct air link between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, which will enable the two countries to explore trade and cooperation in a number of areas.

Ambassador Haidari also congratulated Prime Minister Rajapaksa on a very successful  election and a notable, historic victory.” Calling it a big win for democracy,” Ambassador Haidari further said, We are inspired by the success of democracy in Sri Lanka. We continue to look forward to your strong support for the democratic process in Afghanistan.”

He also conveyed best wishes from President Ashraf Ghani and former President Hamid Karzai.

Other sectors targeted for further cooperation include working together to combat regional drug trafficking, and exploring opportunities in the gem industry, education sector and medical tourism. Noting that Afghans are heavy drinkers of tea, most of which is currently supplied by Vietnam, Ambassador Haidari said there is also vast potential for Sri Lankan tea producers to tap into the Afghan market.

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