Sri Lanka, Russia to strengthen cooperation in education, science & technology, energy
19 January 2018 | Colombopage.com

A Russian delegation arrived in Sri Lanka has expressed interest in strengthening the cooperation between the two countries in various sectors including education, energy, and science & technology.

A five-member delegation of the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM) called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Official Residence of the President, on Wednesday.

The delegation including the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of ROSATOM for International Relations Nikolay Spasskiy discussed the areas of interest during the meeting with the President.

They have indicated their interests in granting scholarships to uplift science, technology and research streams in Sri Lanka as well as to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in power and energy, industrial and agriculture sectors.

Further discussions were focused on implementing long and short term projects in cooperation with the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Higher Education and Highways.

President Sirisena noting the long term diplomatic relations between the two countries, appreciated the friendly support always given by Russia.

The President expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Russia on successfully negotiating to remove the Russian tea import ban by clarifying the issue. He asked the delegation to convey his special thanks to President Vladimir Putin in this regard.

Science & Technology Minister Susil Premajayantha and Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Sri Lanka and Maldives Yury Materiy, were also present on this occasion.

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