Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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Ambassador WM Karunadasa aforesaid Sri Lanka’s current LNG desires area unit met through imports from Persia and Asian nation, among different suppliers, however not Qatar.
“I attempt to propose this throughout Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s state visit to Qatar within the latter a part of the year. My aim is to push for language of additional agreements, notably within the energy sector,” Karunadasa told Gulf Times at the Sri Lankan embassy yesterday.
He aforesaid Sirisena’s projected Qatar visit reciprocates HH the ameer sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani’s state visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015, wherever the Qatar government expressed temperament to support the gas and oil exploration activities in Sri Lanka.
Karunadasa conjointly underscored the importance of mercantilism LNG from Qatar, expression that the move can boost trade and economic ties between the 2 countries. He aforesaid it'd be the primary time for Sri Lanka to import LNG from Qatar.
“We have shut ties with Qatar, that we tend to may strengthen additional if we tend to may import LNG from the state. There would be several edges considering the proximity of our countries. From our finish, we will export recent fruits and vegetables to Qatar,” he said.
“I am pushing for these initiatives as a result of our trade has gone down. Compared to different countries, trade volume between Qatar and Sri Lanka last year isn't that massive,” the ambassador recognized.
Karunadasa conjointly noted that LNG from Qatar might be foreign through the Port of national capital, that he aforesaid, is Sri Lanka’s “largest and busiest” port.
“China is currently developing an oversized hub in our port town, that may be a main distribution purpose to adjacent countries. Even within the precedent days, the Port of national capital was a central hub for trade and different economic activities with several countries,” the ambassador aforesaid.
President seemingly to go to Qatar this year
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is predicted to go to Qatar within the latter a part of the year, in line with ambassador WM Karunadasa.
The visit, Karunadasa aforesaid, can embody talks on the way to enhance bilateral relations “and promote the welfare of the individuals.”
In March last year, HH the ameer sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani command a spherical of official talks with Sirisena in Sri Lanka, that centered on enhancing bilateral co-operation within the economic fields. throughout the official talks, the ameer pledged to widen the investment opportunities in Sri Lanka for Qatari investors.
The Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation conjointly rumored that the 2 countries had signed 3 agreements on co-operation in sports, youth affairs, and media sectors.
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