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The Prime Minister of Australia, on an official state visit to Sri Lanka holds bi-lateral discussions with the President.

The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, arrived in Sri Lanka today for an official state visit. He arrived in the island for the brief visit while returning to Australia following visits to Israel and Palestine. This year marks the 70th anniversary of Australia’s bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka.
The Australian Primier congratulated President Maithripala Sirisena for the “great reconciliation programme undertaken by the Sri Lankan government”, when he held bilateral discussions with the President at the Presidential Secretariat today. The Australian Premier thanked the President for excellent cooperation extended to fight transnational crimes including human smuggling and drug trafficking.
He also assured assistance to further develop Sri Lanka’s counter-narcotic capabilities. Furthermore, Australia will assist the National Defence College to be set up shortly in Sri Lanka. Mr Turnbull said his government would depute a senior military officer for two years to provide administrative and curriculum expertise and to deliver selected course modules to the National Defence College.
President Sirisena thanked the Australian Prime Minister for continuous assistance provided to Sri Lanka’s development activities and support extended at international forums. He made a special mention about the field of drugs and narcotics and said that illegal drugs are a major problem for Sri Lanka.
He pointed out that because Sri Lanka is an island, many international narcotic cartels use this country as a hub for smuggling activities. He thanked Australia for assisting Sri Lanka’s costal security operations by providing fast naval patrol crafts in the past few years.
Prime Minister Turnbull and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe witnessed the signing of a bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement at Temple Trees today.