Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena undertook an official visit to Malaysia from December15 to 17 at the invitation of the Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Tun Abdul Razak.
He was received by the Malaysian Human Resource Development Minister Dato Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem and senior officials.
He said the government was committed to encourage a conducive trade environment with Sri Lanka and deepen economic engagement.
The President was received with state honours that included a guard of honour at the Airport.
The President also suggested the Malaysian Prime Minister to introduce a new scheme to expand the educational opportunities to Sri Lankan students to study in Malaysia.
The President told them that Sri Lanka offers a wide range of investment opportunities as the government has declared the next three years as years of development. Later, both the leaders held bilateral discussions.
"We are Sri Lanka's fourth largest trading partner and one of the biggest investors is Axiata Group Bhd with over US$2 billion (RM8.93 billion), representing over 1.3% of the country's gross domestic product", he said at the Sri Lanka-Malaysia Business Forum here today.
This Food & Culture Festival was organized to promote food between Sri Lanka and Malaysia. He also said Malaysia is ready to help Sri Lanka in that regard. The two leaders also discussed the measures to upgrade tourism industry between the two countries.
The President further stated that Sri Lanka will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
The Malaysian Prime Minister thanked President Sirisena for visiting Malaysia.
The Tajik side following the meeting invited the President of Sri Lanka to visit to Tajikistan.