Strong regional cooperation is the key to overcome the challenges of poverty and equity said President Maithripala Sirisena today when he called on the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for bilateral discussions during his working visit to attend the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) held in Bangkok. Prime Minister Chan-o-cha and Spouse Paraporn Chan-o-cha welcomed the President and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena at the Thai Government House.

Prime Minister Chan-o-cha thanked President Sirisena for attending the ACD as increased cooperation in the Asian region is vital for keeping its competitiveness and overcoming poverty. Thai Prime Minister also thanked President for his visit in November 2015 and presenting sacred Buddhist relics to Thailand.

President Sirisena highlighted the bilateral relation of Sri Lanka and Thailand is entrenched in the Theravada Buddhism that both countries inherited. President Sirisena appreciated the assistance Thailand provided during the natural disasters in Sri Lanka. Further President Sirisena welcomed more cooperation in developing agricultural technology in Sri Lanka.

Thai Prime Minister appreciated Sri Lankan President’s dedication to fight corruption and bring about reconciliation in Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Chan-o-cha further affirmed Thailand’s willingness to assist Sri Lanka in its effort to rebuild its economy. Thai Prime Minister expressed that connectivity between Thailand and Sri Lanka can further improve in terms of increased flights and that would help boost tourism in Sri Lanka.  

President Maithripala Sirisena thanked Thai Prime Minister for his hospitality and said that the importance of the ACD as a platform to increase Asian identity is vital.

President Sirisena signed the guest book at the Government house of Thailand. After the talks, President Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena attended the dinner hosted by Thai Prime Minister and Spouse.

Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva, Sri Lanka's Ambassador Kshenuka Seneviratne were present during the talks.