Local News from Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka and Togolese Republic leaders have focused on expanding trade and investment between the two countries. This was discussed at length when yesterday, at the President’s Office, President Maithripala Sirisena and the visiting President of the Togolese Republic Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé met (11).
President Faure Gnassingbe was warmly welcomed by President Sirisena when he arrived at the office of the President. President Sirisena said the visit of the Togolese President to Sri Lanka is a great boost to the ties between the two countries in economic, trade and investment.
President Faure Gnassingbe said he will invite businessmen and investors from Sri Lanka to take part in a meeting with leading businessmen from Sri Lanka tomorrow for new investment opportunities in Togo. He added that steps will be taken, in particular, to provide more facilities for businessmen in the garment industry. President Sirisena briefed his Togolese counterpart on the successful actions taken by the government and the security forces within a short period of time to fight terrorism that emerged from the April 21 terrorist attacks.
President Faure Gnassingbe said he expects to discuss the progress made by Sri Lanka in tackling terrorism at the International Terrorism Conference to be held next Saturday in Togo. President Sirisena expressed his satisfaction with the short but fruitful visit of the President of Togo to Sri Lanka and said that strengthening economic ties with African countries is a top priority for Sri Lanka.
The President expressing hope that the Togolese President’s visit will further strengthen the cooperation and friendship between the two countries, presented a special memento to President Faure Gnassingbe. Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Arjuna Ranatunga, and Ranjith Aluvihare, Secretary to the President Udaya R. Seneviratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ravinatha Aryasinha and several others were present at the occasion.